Newcastle Knights halfback Jaelen Feeney praised his side's 'special' victory over a strong Panthers outfit in Round 6 of the Intrust Super Premiership NSW. 

"Coming out here to their home ground, (facing) quality opposition, the players they dropped back, everything was in their favour," Feeney said of the surprise 26-20 win.

"We were the underdogs out here today ... I really think our boys stood up." 

A Panthers side bolstered by the inclusion of NRL-regulars Matt Moylan, Peta Hiku and Waqa Blake served as inspiration to Feeney and the Knights to lift to the challenge, with the half lauding the efforts of his men to keep the trio under lock and key.

"It could have gone one of two ways for us, we could have come here and said 'look who we're playing' or we could take it on as a challenge," Feeney said.

"Moylan is one of the best players in the game, but I though our boys handled him well."

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