Maloney: Wigan victory over Newcastle a massive three points

The man of the match believes the Latics late win over the Magpies can be the turning point in their season, after Arouna Kone scored an injury time winner at the DW Stadium

Wigan attacker Shaun Maloney says the Latics' 2-1 win over Newcastle was a "massive three poinst", and that although Roberto Martinez's side are disappointed to be battling relegation again, they can get themselves out of it.

Arouna Kone scored an injury-time winner for the home side after Davide Santon cancelled out Jean Beasejour's first-half strike, giving Wigan a vital three points.

The win means Wigan stay in 18th position, but are only three points behind Aston Villa with a game in hand, and Maloney believes

"It was just a huge effort from us to try and go and get the winner and we were a bit fortunate in the end, but that's a massive three points for us," he told Sky Sports.

Wigan sit three points behind Aston Villa in 18th place with a game in hand on the Midlands side, and nine games left until the end of the season.

The Latics left it late to survive relegation in 2011 with a win at Stoke City on the last day of the season, and when asked whether his side could pull off the great escape again, Maloney says it is up to his team-mates to pull themselves out of the drop zone.

He said: "We hope so. It's disappointing that we're in this position again, but we found ourselves in it and it's up to us to get ourselves out of it."