Russell Slade senses a growing momentum on and off the pitch that is firing Cardiff towards the Championship play-offs.
The Bluebirds boss was full of praise for players and supporters after a Severnside derby success at Ashton Gate built around a goal in each half from Lex Immers and Stuart O’Keefe.
Cardiff defended strongly throughout and Slade was delighted with three more hard-earned points to add to an impressive run of form.
He said: “We have an opportunity this season and we are desperate not to waste it.
“The object today was to win, whether it was ugly or with a bit of class. It wasn’t a classic performance, but it was extremely efficient.
“Our target all season has been the top six and I believe we are still improving. We pride ourselves on working every day to get better and a belief is growing among the players and the fans.
“Our supporters were really special today. I think we have turned a corner and hopefully we can keep building on our current run because we certainly have some momentum at the moment.”
A sell-out crowd of 15,758 for the noon kick-off saw Cardiff take a 21st-minute lead when Joe Ralls was allowed space to deliver a low cross from the left of the box and Immers swept home a low drive from 12 yards at the far post.
And any doubt about the result was settled seven minutes from time when O’Keefe headed home from close range after a Tom Lawrence shot had been tipped onto the bar by Richard O’Donnell.
Bristol head coach Lee Johnson felt his side should have had a first-half penalty when Bobby Reid went down as he attempted to follow up a Jonathan Kodjia shot, which was saved by David Marshall.
“I thought it was a penalty at the time and having seen the incident again I am doubly sure,” he said.
“I’m not going to make a big thing of it, but it was a key decision that went against us at an important time in the game.
“My biggest criticism is that we turned down too many chances to get crosses in. Our decision making on the day was poor at times.
“Our one-on-one defending is not good enough at times and that is something we have to work on.
“But we have to maintain positives. There are things we have to improve on, but our fans are behind us and we need to brush ourselves down and bounce back quickly.”