Newcastle still have to wait for their first win of the following season after a 1-1 draw with Norwich City in the remaining 10 games from the ninth minute after Kieran Clark was sent off.
Howe, who took charge of the team in the first match after being appointed as the new manager, said: “We know we want to win. The result is always not enough. But all you can do in the game is to give it your all. So I think the players have already done that tonight.”
“That’s the level of effort we need in every game. It doesn’t matter how many players we have on the pitch.”
Howe spoke of the occasion when centre-back Ciaran Clark was shown a red card early in the game after tying Teemu Pukki away from a single shot.
Eddie Howe has pointed out that the team has done the best they can
“If it’s a new morning He could have made a different decision. But his motivation is to stop the opposing striker,” Howe said.
Howe’s Magpies go to Leicester City next week looking to pull themselves out of the bottom three — a win has the potential to do just that — and the head coach knows his team have done nothing but put down a foundation on which to build.
When asked whether this is the start of a United revival, Howe said: “We hope so. The last two games have given us very different challenges. We had 10 v 11 against Norwich. Then this one a much more physical contest. But we have taken things forward.
“We have been defensively better, but there is still work to do all over the pitch.
“I can’t praise them (the players) enough physically and mentally. This was a real physical effort, their third game in a week — and they gave everything.
“There is a feeling of satisfaction with the result but we have to back that up,” he added.