Tottenham Hotspur left it late but made it four wins in five games as Paulinho's stoppage-time goal secured a 1-0 English Premier League victory win away to Cardiff on Sunday. Victory saw Spurs go level on points with Arsenal at the top of the table but trail their north London rivals on goal difference.
Brazilian ace Paulinho popped up in the nick of time to score his first Premier League goal for Spurs after meeting substitute Erik Lamela's cross with an audacious finish.
Swansea City had earlier put another promoted side to the sword, as an inspired Michu scored one and played a key part in Nathan Dyer's strike as Crystal Palace were seen off in a 2-0 win.
With the lion's share of another full house right behind them, Cardiff made a smart start with home debutant Kevin Theophile-Catherine causing Kyle Naughton one or two early problems along the flank.
Playing without fear, as they did against Manchester City and Everton, Cardiff should have taken the lead in the sixth minute when Naughton's back pass to Hugo Lloris landed at the feet of Fraizer Campbell. Unfortunately, for Cardiff, Campbell's touch was a little heavy and Lloris came to the rescue of his full back.
Soldado was denied by a brave block from Steven Caulker in the 20th minute, but as the ball broke free, Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall somehow kept out Eriksen's strike from the edge of the penalty box. Cardiff had no answer to Tottenham's attacking prowess and twice, again, Marshall was called upon to save the day. The first was a stinging drive from distance from Eriksen, who was beginning to look the most likely.
Cardiff defence almost holds firm
Cardiff's ploy of putting ten men behind the ball was negative but effective and Spurs almost fell behind two minutes before the break. Peter Whittingham's corner picked out Ben Turner at the far post and the giant defender headed into an empty net. However, Mark Clattenburg disallowed the goal, on the grounds Aron Gunnarsson had obstructed Lloris inside the six yard box.
Cardiff began the second half much as they had in the first, with Bellamy twice testing the Spurs back four and Lloris having to be at his best to cut out a decent cross from the Welshman. At the other end, it was business as usual for the over-worked Marshall. He comfortably saved Townsend's left foot shot from 20 yards and after Sigurdsson had struck the bar, the Scot somehow kicked away Soldado's effort from the rebound.
Cardiff had successfully taken the sting out of the visitors and with substitute Peter Odemwingie providing a fresh pair of legs up front, the Bluebirds might have taken a surprise lead ten minutes from the end. Odemwingie escaped around Naughton but when he pulled the ball back for Gunnarsson, the Icelandic midfielder ballooned his shot over the top. Tottenham continued to press and their pressure paid off when Paulinho converted Lamela's centre.
Earlier, Swansea won 2-0 away to Crystal Palace with Michu putting the Welsh club in front in just the second minute before Nathan Dyer added a second goal shortly after half time.
Spanish forward Michu was in inspired form, taking his goal well before playing a key role in Dyer's effort. Michael Laudrup's side grabbed their second league win of the campaign to lift them up to ninth in the embryonic Premier League table.
"It's been a great week. It's our third game in just six days and an important win for us," Laudrup told BBC Sport after the match. "Overall I have to very pleased with a game I felt we dominated from start to finish."