Cardiff City kept within touching distance of Championship leader Wolverhampton Wanderers as first-half goals from Junior Hoilett and Danny Ward secured a 2-0 victory at Nottingham Forest.
In search of a third straight league win heading into this clash at The City Ground, Neil Warnock's side was rewarded for a bright start on 24 minutes when winger Hoilett headed home from Sean Morrison's flick-on.
Daryl Murphy spurned a chance to restore parity almost immediately, and Forest was swiftly made to pay as Ward thumped in a wonderful finish from the edge of the area.
Tyler Walker should have made things interesting shortly after the restart, but that was all Mark Warburton's side could muster as it slumped to a first home defeat in five matches.
The victory lifts Cardiff back to within four points of Wolves, while simultaneously edging it clear of Sheffield United, which could only draw at home to Birmingham City on Sunday (NZDT).