Assistant manager Glynn Snodin felt PNE adapted to the change of formation well this afternoon.
The hosts started the game on the front foot when after 23 seconds, they were awarded a penalty with the Magpies' Josh O'Keefe stepping up to slot the ball past Chris Maxwell.
The half-time whistle saw Simon Grayson as planned change formation and personnel, with North End going from 3-5-2 to a 4-1-2-3 formation as well as changing all 11 players for the second-half.
Just before the hour mark, North End found the equaliser through Joe Garner who latched onto Paul Gallagher's cross to fire home, and on 64 minutes, Preston took the lead, this time Ben Pringle turning provider for Jordan Hugill who met the midfielder's cross to head past the goalkeeper.
Speaking to PNE PlayerHD after the game, Snodin praised the flexibility of his players with the Lilywhites playing a variety of formations within the last few days.
"We always like to change the formation and players around for pre-season," said the North End assistant.
"Because of the short space of time in-between games, we need to make sure we get the recovery right and the hydration and hopefully getting the fitness out of them.
"We want to make sure we come away with no injuries, unfortunately Tommy (Spurr) turned his ankle over but he should be okay within the next few days.
"It's important to do that throughout pre-season (changing formation) and we changed the formation a lot today and they adapted to it well and they all know what they're doing."
All new signings have played some part in the last two days, and although not actually a summer signing by default, Snods was pleased with the impact of Liam Grimshaw after the former Manchester United man played his first minutes in a North End shirt after missing the second-half of last season through injury.
"Grimmy's a different type of player to what we've had and he'll fit in well. He's a character and he won't pull out of anything and it's good that you've got that blend and he's a good addition to the side."
For more reaction from Snodin, as well as the thoughts of Grimshaw as North End get set for their trip to Ireland, head to PNEPlayerHD here.