Malky Mackay praised his side's resolve following Friday night's 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town.
Speaking to press at the final whistle, the Gaffer said: "It's always lovely when you score so late on, but it also meant that there wasn't long for the other team to potentially come back into it again.
"We were very patient tonight - Huddersfield tried to frustrate and get everybody behind the ball, and when that happens you've got to be patient. You must try and keep the ball and work the ball but you must be patient. My team showed great courage tonight and were brave. It's easy to hoist the ball forward but when you're playing against a team that gets behind the ball you have to bide your time. Eventually teams tire, and people don't get into the areas that they're supposed to cover.
"Huddersfield have come into this division with momentum and have been able to go and spend money on players as well, so it was never going to be an easy game. Again, a team that is set up to frustrate can catch you on the counter - we had to be very wary of that tonight and obviously we came up against good players, part of the course of this division.
"We made a couple of changes to try and win the game and it paid off - young Mason was brought on to change the shape, to get Bellamy involved upfield with Helguson, and it paid off.
"It takes people time to get to know each other. Jordon Mutch, Craig and Heidar are brand new to the group. The other guys have been playing together for a season. The new ones have come in and easily adapted. Why? Because it's an easy group to go into, there are still no egos."
Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson commented: "It certainly was cruel. The players can look back on that performance with pride.
"They showed the right application, the right attitude. They showed the quality when we had possession of the ball. Everything that we've worked on in the last few days to nullify the positive side of Cardiff had worked well and obviously it hurts to concede in the ninetieth minute.
"The fact that their goalkeeper was man of the match shows just how well we've played. We're all disappointed in the dressing room but if we play like that for the rest of the season we are going to do well."