Cardiff boss Dave Jones believes they are on the road to promotion after they beat Sheffield United 2-0.
The win took the Bluebirds up to second place and into an automatic promotion slot as they rarely got out of second gear to claim the win.
Craig Bellamy's deflected shot off United's Neill Collins gave them the lead before substitute Jay Emmanuel-Thomas added the second late on.
Jones said: "We've got a foot on the ladder, we've worked so hard. Sheffield United were the first team we played this year and we couldn't fill the bench.
"We didn't have any players. Olofinjana and Bellamy weren't here and it was a case of the board getting us out of the trouble we were in and moving forward.
"We've gone that way and everyone's favourites [for promotion] at the start seem to have gone the other way.
"I feel for Micky (Adams), but not for 90 minutes I didn't. It wouldn't have mattered whether it was my brother, son, mother or wife in the opposition camp, it's my livelihood and I want to win.
"I'll go and have a drink with Mick now, but he won't want any pity.
"We're in a ruthless business and that's what we were tonight. We were ruthless and clinical."
Jones' side, chasing a return to the top flight for the first time since 1962 having lost out to Blackpool in last season's play-off final, hold a two-point advantage over Norwich with five games remaining.
Jones was delighted his players "did the dirty part" before letting their ability tell and was full of praise for Bellamy.
He added: "Craig led from the front. He must have run 100 miles today and there were a lot of people trying to catch him - not just their players, but ours sometimes because he breaks so quick.
"Our workrate was phenomenal. We worked our socks off and did the dirty part really well."
The Blades have won only two of the 18 league games played under manager Micky Adams since he replaced Gary Speed in late December.
Not since 1983 have the Yorkshire side played their football in the third tier, but successive home defeats leave them rooted to the bottom of the table, eight points from safety.
A dejected Adams said: "We were second best, no doubt about that. Individually and collectively."
Teenage substitute defender Harry Maguire offered some hope in the second half, while Stephen Quinn and Matthew Lowton caught the eye.
Adams added: "It's not all doom and gloom from our point of view. It took an 18-year-old boy to come on and put Bellamy on his backside.
"It's not over. We've got to win our last five and go on a run we've not been on all season.
"Between now and Saturday we've got to sit down and have a little think about what we're going to do."