In what was David Simmons farewell match (and his 200th at NRL level) the Panthers struck first through Will Smith despite lacking an out-and-out half.
Apisai Koriosau and Tyrone Peachey formed a makeshift halves combination and it would go on to show in a match that featured 21 penalties and 24 errors.
Newcastle would enjoy a 12-8 lead at the break but a more consolidated effort from Penrith saw them open up a handy lead late in the match.
In the final moments David Simmons was offered the chance to convert the Panthers final try and he did so in similar fashion to how he's conducted the rest of his career: professionally and with great success.
2015 can now be largely forgotten for Penrith. The dreaded wooden spoon has been avoided and other than some exciting young potential future players there's not a lot that can be taken from an eclectic season for Penrith.