The Bluebirds closed down Blackburn Rovers and underlined they are prepared to battle all the way this season.
They fought and scrapped for 90 minutes at Ewood Park, created the better chances and came away with a point and a clean sheet after conceding six goals in their previous two fixtures on the road.
“It’s lovely to get off the mark with a first point away and first clean sheet,” said manager Neil Warnock. “We’ve had three games in six days and there were one or two tired legs.
“We had the chances to have won and we could have lost it at the end, couldn’t we?
“It was our own fault we nearly conceded because we were dithering about. We were a little bit sloppy, which we’ve been in both previous away games this season, and it could have cost us.
“Overall it was a proper result, really. We had the best of the chances and the better play, but it’s a hard place to come, here, as Middlesbrough found out when they lost 1-0.
“I kept the same team, thinking ‘Why not?’. I gave (Lee) Tomlin an hour and see how it went.
“For an hour Lee is as good as there is, for the minute. He’ll get fitter and fitter, it’s just after the hour the opposing midfield players start pushing forward a bit if we’re not careful.
“Junior (Hoilett) can do both roles, defensive and attacking He had a good chance when he put it over the bar.”
Cardiff now play Luton Town in the Carabao Cup second round on Tuesday, when Warnock has said he will give the likes of Joe Day, Omar Bogle, Isaac Vassell, Curtis Nelson and Ciaron Brown their chance to start, and then entertain Fulham next Friday.
Warnock named an unchanged starting line-up for the first time this season when his team played at Blackburn. Tomlin played in the advanced midfield role Glatzel.
Former Swansea City striker Danny Graham had the first chance of the match and Cardiff skipper Sean Morrison made the block to deny the Rovers man.
Leandro Bacuna went for goal with a powerful left-footed effort from wide on the left wing only to see the ball bounce off the outside of a post.
Tomlin was creative on the ball and made his own opportunity after 38 minutes. The former Middlesbrough man turned on the edge of the box, before firing low at goal, only to be denied by a fine low stop from Cornish-born goalkeeper Christian Walton.
Joe Ralls went for goal from 25-yards with a low shot which just flew wide of Walton’s goal, but Cardiff could not find the goal they craved.
They have, though, suffered only one defeat in their last four matches and, having bounced back from that awful performance at Reading, are showing signs they could be play-off contenders.