Leeds manager Steve Evans reckons his team have learned harsh lessons after claiming a 2-0 win at Cardiff.
Mirco Antenucci’s injury-time goal settled a bad-tempered win that saw seven cards, Fabio Da Silva sent off and managers Russell Slade and Evans clash.
Antenucci followed Souleymane Doukara’s first-half effort to claim a second win in four days for Leeds after their 4-0 humiliation at Brighton.
But it still took a series of top saves from goalkeeper Marco Silvestri to claim the points after Cardiff dominated.
Evans said: “The players deserve all the credit for that win. We learned some harsh lessons in the defeat to Brighton but I feel we’ve been in a good place since then.
“Cardiff’s goalkeeper [David Marshall] could have been named man of the match in the first half with some fine saves before half-time and had we got that second goal then we would have won comfortably.
“But people will forget those saves because of Silvestri pulled so many out of the bag in the second half.
“It helps when you have two centre-backs playing so well and the defence working together like that, while you have two strikers who just ran all night. That’s the sort of attitude we need to show when you play for such a famous club.”