Cardiff struck thrice within the ultimate 21 minutes to win their Sky Wager Championship play-off battle with Preston 3-1 at a rain-lashed Deepdale.
A colorless contest performed out in ferocious showers burst into life when Joe Ralls broke the impasse with a far-post header within the 69th minute.
Daniel Johnson rapidly equalised however Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Robert Glatzel struck late on to elevate the Bluebirds above Preston and into the highest six.
The dramatic end was out of retaining with a lot of what had gone earlier than. With Preston above Cardiff on aim distinction going into the sport, either side realised there was a lot at stake.
Possibilities had been few and much between in a goalless first half.
Tom Barkhuizen had an early opening for Preston however flashed a shot vast and Scott Sinclair had a gap blocked off by Curtis Nelson after a mistake from Dion Sanderson.
Cardiff’s Albert Adomah fired an effort vast and Junior Hoilett additionally missed the goal on the second try after his preliminary shot was blocked.
Sinclair had one other shot blocked by Sean Morrison, who then headed over from a nook on the different finish shortly earlier than the break.
It was not till the 56th minute that both goalkeeper was significantly examined, however Cardiff’s Alex Smithies was alert, producing a wonderful save to his proper to show away a low drive from Sinclair.
That ignited the competition and Ralls examined Declan Rudd within the Preston aim after a driving run.
Ralls went higher shortly afterwards, opening the scoring with a close-range header.
Preston did not clear after Hoilett fired a free-kick into the wall and Ralls headed residence after Sanderson clipped the ball into the field from the proper.
The Bluebirds may have elevated their lead instantly however Hoilett blasted over and Preston responded to stage simply 4 minutes after falling behind.
Substitute Sean Maguire created the opening when he performed in Alan Browne. The captain’s strike was blocked however Johnson was available to tuck away the rebound.
Neither aspect had been content material to accept a draw and Preston had an opportunity to take the lead when Jayden Stockley headed over.
Cardiff hit again once more, although, and Mendez-Laing struck the decisive blow eight minutes from time when he raced onto a Lee Tomlin move and slotted previous Rudd.
Preston pressed for an additional equaliser however Andrew Hughes headed straight at Smithies and David Nugent curled vast in heavy rain within the closing phases.
Glatzel ended the competition when his stoppage-time strike was deflected previous Rudd.