Brighton manager Gus Poyet admitted his triple substitution made all the difference after the Seagulls twice came from behind to preserve their unbeaten npower Championship run in 2012 with a 2-2 draw against Cardiff.
Brighton were trailing to a 57th-minute goal from Joe Mason when Poyet brought on Sam Vokes, Will Buckley and Craig Noone. Poyet's men responded with Ashley Barnes levelling following good work from Noone in the 72nd minute.
Peter Whittingham restored Cardiff's advantage two minutes later with a superb half-volley into the top corner, but striker Vokes had the final say a minute from time by scoring at the far post following a clever ball across the six-yard box from Barnes. Poyet said: "We needed to bring the three players on, we needed quality and we got it."
He added: "Sometimes you need to be patient and believe in what you do. Sometimes decisions work for you.
"I don't like draws, we like to win, but it was a great game for us because we took all the responsibility in the match."
The Bluebirds looked to be on course for their first win in four games when top-scorer Whittingham put them ahead splendidly for the second time from the edge of the box, and boss Malky Mackay hailed the finish.
He said: "It was a top effort. That is the quality of Peter. Brighton are unbeaten in the league since the start of the year so to come here and score two goals is terrific. Both goals were of a high quality.
"We must now stick together in our last 12 games especially as we have not been at our best in the last few weeks."