Striker Junior Hoilett scored a spectacular winner to earn Cardiff City a comeback 2-1 home victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday and lift them out of the Premier League relegation zone.
Cardiff climbed to 15th on 11 points from 14 games, five behind 11th-placed Wolves who extended their winless league run to six matches.
It was a perfect birthday present for Cardiff boss Neil Warnock who turns 70 on Saturday.
“I said to the boys it’s about time they gave me something to celebrate,” said Warnock. “I’m really proud of them.
“I didn’t think we deserved to be 1-0 down. In the second half we were on the front foot for most of the time.”
Right back Matt Doherty celebrated his 200th league appearance for Wolves when he fired the visitors into an 18th-minute lead before Iceland midfielder Aron Gunnarsson equalised.
Hoilett then delighted the home fans with a curling shot 13 minutes from time.
Wolves looked sharper in the opening stages and Doherty buried the ball into the roof of the net from three metres after Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge parried a Raul Jimenez header into the defender’s path.
The lively Harry Arter, who hit the post on the stroke of half-time, engineered the equaliser when he put a high ball into the penalty box and Sean Harrison headed it down for Gunnarsson to blast it past keeper Rui Patricio.
With both sides throwing men forward, the Bluebirds forced the final twist after Canadian Hoilett teed himself up to fire an unstoppable shot from the edge of the penalty area into the top corner of the net.
Cardiff midfielder Gunnarsson was delighted his side were able to deliver an early present for Warnock.
“That’s for the gaffer, it’s his birthday tomorrow,” said the Iceland international.
“First half wasn’t good enough, second half we came out fighting and I think we deserved those three points.
“We came out (after half-time) on the front foot. We fought a little bit harder for each other and really wanted the three points.”