The Tynesiders fielded a scratch side and had young goalkeeper Rob Elliot to thank for keeping the scoreline clear after a number of excellent saves.
Alan Pardew stated that he was impressed with his inexperienced stopper and feels that Maritimo were a tough opponent.
“Rob has waited a long time – since the [Nottingham] Forest game, really – to stake his claim,” he told Sky Sports.
“We know him very well, myself and the goalkeeping coach [Andy Woodman] because of Charlton, and this is a shot-stopper, this is a great goalkeeper.
“What he did at the start of the game is what he does in training every day, and I was pleased for him in every aspect of his game, very, very pleased with him.
“He was outstanding, as well as the back four against a really difficult surface and difficult opponents.
“Maritimo are a team who are going to surprise teams here. They are very, very good – their record suggests that.
“Therefore, taking all that into consideration, I thought a draw was a great result,” he concluded.
Newcastle face Norwich on Sunday at the Sports Direct Arena.
By Gareth McKnight