Craig Bellamy marked his return from injury with a goal in Cardiff's 2-1 win over Barnsley to the delight of manager Dave Jones.
Wales star Bellamy has missed the last five games with a knee problem but grabbed his second goal of the season with a neat finish from the edge of the area.
"Craig Bellamy was always going to play in this match," said Jones. "We set a target for him. After 65 minutes our physio wanted to bring him off but Craig wanted to carry on. That made my decision a lot easier.
"He has got to keep to his programme and he feels comfortable with it. He had that when he came to us. He punished himself too much in the pre-season."
Bellamy's goal was a rare moment of quality during an uneventful first half, but the game ignited after the break with Jason Shackell equalising for Barnsley, home goalkeeper Luke Steele saving Peter Whittingham's penalty and Seyi Olofinjana firing the visitors' winner.
Cardiff midfielder Darcy Blake was sent off in the 82nd minute for a rash challenge that warranted a second yellow card.