With eight games of the current campaign remaining, the Magpies head for Manchester City knowing they still have work to do to ensure they remain in the top flight, something they would never have anticipated as they set out in August.
On May 6 last year, City left St James' Park with a 2-0 victory which both set up a dramatic final day and ended Newcastle's unlikely hopes of Champions League qualification.
This time around, Alan Pardew's men, having had to cope with a dreadful injury list and the demands of a Europa League campaign, head for the Etihad Stadium just six points clear of the drop zone and needing perhaps two more victories to put any lingering fears to bed.
Ameobi said: "We are here because we haven't performed as well as we should have, that's the frustrating thing, knowing that we haven't quite reached our potential this season.
"As the season has worn on, we have improved, but there's no frustration at looking over your shoulder, the frustration is not being where we know we can be and should be."