Paul Jewell's half-time rollicking acted as a turning point as his Ipswich side scored two second-half goals to down promotion-chasing Cardiff 2-0 in the Welsh capital.
Town keeper Marton Fulop kept the visitors in it at the break with a series of fine saves to single-handedly deny the hosts and continued to work his magic after the break but Ipswich were a much livelier attacking threat and his saves proved crucial as Jimmy Bullard struck a well-taken brace to clinch three impressive npower Championship points.
Jewell said: "I am delighted with the result and our second-half performance, but disappointed with the first half when we were very poor."
He added: "I lost my temper with my players at half-time but it seemed to work as we were much stronger than Cardiff in the second half.
"We have overcome a poor start to the game to win but we have to believe we can compete at this level.
"We sat off Cardiff in the first half and it looked as though we were expecting to lose so half-time came at the right moment."
Cardiff assistant manager Terry Burton could not be too downhearted about the display but felt it definitely amounted to points dropped as they passed up on the chance to leapfrog rivals Swansea into second place in the table.
"It was a great opportunity missed and we are disappointed, but the performance did not warrant a 2-0 defeat," he said.
"The performance, by and large, was decent but we can get better and it is not very often you are so on top in one half yet end up losing the game.
"There are still 33 points to win and I wouldn't like to guess who will end up in the top two, but I cannot understand how some officials give us very few decisions even when they look so clear-cut."
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