Russell Slade's side earned a deserved point at the Amex on Saturday afternoon, with Joe Mason again on target for City.
The Bluebirds became the first side to take the lead against Brighton & Hove Albion in the 2015/16 league season with just four minutes on the clock. Peter Whittingham and Scott Malone combining expertly down the left wing with the former Millwall full-back crossing superbly for Joe Mason to slot in his fifth goal of the campaign.
The hosts were second best during the first 20 minutes but came back fighting, finally managing to level after 37 minutes. Dale Stephens with a well taken flicked volley from Beram Kayal's cross to equalise.
Both sides had chances to win the match during an end-to-end second period, Sammy Ameobi's effort on 80 minutes cleared off the line while Brighton's Solly March also had a goal bound shot stopped by Scott Malone.
Seagulls captain Gordon Greer will not want to relive his miss, managing to chest the ball wide from two-yards out, two minutes into added time. It was a hard fought point for Russell Slade's men against the impressive league leaders.
FINAL SCORE: BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 1-1 CARDIFF CITY (Stephens 37'; Mason 5')
Brighton & Hove Albion: Stockdale, Saltor, Greer, Dunk, Stephens, Kayal, Baldock (Manu, 82), Hemed (Zamora, 67), Bong, March, Rosenior. Subs Not Used: Maenpaa, Huenemeier, Crofts, Calderon, Ince.
Cardiff City: Moore, Fabio, Malone (Peltier, 83), Morrison, Connolly, Whittingham, Dikgacoi, Ralls, Pilkington (Noone, 54), Jones (Ameobi, 63), Mason. Subs Not Used: Wilson, Manga, Gunnarsson, Revell.