Benitez was criticised by some television pundits for his defensive tactics at St James' Park in Sunday's Premier League clash, which saw the visitors snatch a 2-1 victory courtesy of DeAndre Yedlin's unfortunate 87th-minute own goal.
With nine points from three games, the west London club are behind Liverpool only on goal difference.
"I think it shows character of the team because to win here is hard, it is hard for every team here. Our character is strong".
Eden Hazard, making his first start for Chelsea since helping Belgium to the semi-finals of the World Cup, dispatched a confident penalty, although Martin Dubravka got a fingertip to the ball.
Chelsea are a phenomenal passing side, and they were in a sensational rhythm against Newcastle.
"Against these teams you can lose because they play a crucial pass, or ball behind, or fantastic cross, so to conceded two goals, a penalty that was doubtful, and a free-kick that was doubtful".
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"I was watching yesterday teams playing 5-4-1, 4-5-1 and it seems that they are great tacticians and they are fantastic because someone on the TV has an opinion".
Asked about the criticism, Benitez said: "I like to play with five strikers if I can". "You have to do what you have to do", he said.
"Yesterday, Wolves against Manchester City was an fantastic game and they [City] had 71 per cent of possession, so possession means nothing". Today we were close.
Despite being less than convincing this season, the Blues have now won their first three games and can only improve.
Alonso reckons he didn't go to ground easily and said after the game: "I think I touched the ball and got in front of the opponent".
"We had five players out and thought if we were compact we could maybe frustrate them", Benitez said.