The Magpies ended a run of four successive Barclays Premier League defeats with a much-needed victory over 10-man Wigan at St James' Park on Monday night to prompt a huge sigh of relief on Tyneside.
In the aftermath, keeper Tim Krul admitted they should never have put themselves in that position. And, as he contemplated the task of attempting to secure top spot in Europa League Group D, Pardew agreed.
Asked what the Wigan victory had done for confidence, he said: "It has lifted everyone. I was pleased with the fans' reaction - they were great on the night.
"I think it buoyed everyone and lifted all of our spirits. We can go forward now and hopefully not get into that position again.
"We mounted a lot of pressure on ourselves. I think Tim's quotes today really sum up what we all feel. We shouldn't have got ourselves in that situation, and we won't again."
The Magpies have already extended their stay in Europe into 2013 regardless of what happens at the Stade Chaban-Delmas, and, while Pardew accepts first place may not guarantee a significantly easier draw in the next round, he will send his players out with a plan he hopes will allow them to win the game.
However, the big guns will be largely absent with Davide Santon, Jonas Gutierrez, Cheick Tiote and Demba Ba having stayed at home nursing injuries which the manager hopes will clear up in time for Monday's league trip to Fulham.
In their absence, Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi and, perhaps most significantly, Nile Ranger will all start.