Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League as Jurgen Klopp's second-half specialists struck again to clinch a 2-0 win at Cardiff.
A rare Georginio Wijnaldum strike in the 57th minute eased Liverpool nerves before substitute James Milner slotted home a penalty nine minutes from time.
Cardiff had suffered a blow on Saturday when relegation rivals Brighton picked up a point from a goalless draw at Wolves
This result leaves them three points from safety and Brighton do have a game in hand.
But Brighton have daunting fixtures against Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City and the committed nature of this performance will give Cardiff hope they can possibly win two of their final three games - they might have to in order to survive.