While Bath may still eventually merge with Bristol, they at least do not have the spectre of relegation spurring them into a quick marriage with their neighbours – their superior points difference ensuring that they finished second-bottom.
A sell-out crowd at The Rec were sent into raptures by the result, while much uncertainty still surrounds their immediate future amid the merger talk.
On the pitch however, tries from Iain Balshaw, Tom Voyce and Gavin Thomas won the day, while two drop-goals and two penalties from Jonny Wilkinson were not enough for Newcastle to sneak into the Zurich Wildcard play-offs for a Heineken Cup place.
So Bath breathe again. Can opponents of the relegation system really argue with the excitement and tension of final day clashes like this one?
For Bath:Tries: Balshaw, Voyce, ThomasCons: Barkley 3Pen: Barkley
For Newcastle Falcons:Pens: Wilkinson 2DGs: Wilkinson 2