Sullay Kaikai scored two equalisers in the last seven minutes as Brentford rescued a point in dramatic fashion against Cardiff as the game came to life in the closing stages.
The Bees had trailed to Peter Whittingham's first half penalty, which put him third in Cardiff's all time league goalscorers chart, after Andreas Bjelland was adjudged to have pulled down Sean Morrison.
The hosts, for their part, had two reasonable penalty shouts waved away, first when Scott Hogan was impeded in the penalty area and the second a handball ignored.
But they got back on level terms as the winger curled home via the crossbar with seven minutes remaining after fine work from Tom Field and Josh McEachran.
Kenneth Zohore got the better of the Brentford defence with a minute remaining to seemingly give the Bluebirds the win.
But the Crystal Palace loanee had other ideas as he headed home two minutes later to give the Bees a share of the spoils and only the second point picked up after conceding the first goal this season.
Here are six talking points to emerge from Monday's game at Griffin Park.
Good things come to those who wait
Brentford fans were excited when Sullay Kaikai joined the club on loan from Crystal Palace at the end of the summer transfer window.
It was the signing that many wanted to see happen, especially after his exploits at Shrewsbury.
For one reason or another, Kaikai had yet to demonstrate his abilities until today.
A fine goal for the first equaliser was then followed up by a header for the second. From a Cardiff point of view, how disappointing must it be for one of the smaller players on the pitch to score with their head given the size and strength of their defenders.
This must only be the start for Kaikai and he needs to find the net more to ease the burden off of Scott Hogan's shoulders and, possibly, replace him if the striker leaves in January.
Papering over the cracks?
Kaikai's moment of magic to make it 1-1 should not take away the fact that for large parts of the game Brentford were pedestrian, lacking ideas and a goal threat.
Romaine Sawyers was the only one in midfield looking to make things happen and, for some reason, fans were jeering him when he played the safe ball backwards.
There was a reason he played it backwards and that was nobody was getting into space further forward and it's better to maintain possession rather than gift it back to Cardiff.
Lasse Vibe goes through peaks and troughs form wise and he is currently in the latter phase. He needs a goal from somewhere.
After Kaikai's brace, it would not be a surprise to see the Dane relegated to the bench on Saturday.
Smith's substitutions worked
The much maligned Dean Smith made the right moves when it came to his substitutions this afternoon.
Replacing the out of sorts Vibe with Kaikai was a move that paid dividends but also bringing on Josh McEachran for Romaine Sawyers also proved to be a masterstroke. The Saint Kitts and Nevis international was having a decent game and it was a surprise to see his number held up.
Finally, bringing Philipp Hofmann on for Andreas Bjelland helped make the difference in the penalty area.
Cardiff were a typical Neil Warnock side; tough and difficult to break down and the German gave them something to think about in the air that was different to what Brentford had offered for the majority of the game.
Smith deserves credit for those changes and for being bold and was able to get out of trouble and avoid the wave of criticism that comes his way after every negative result.
Brentford have not been given a penalty this season but, since the last international break, have conceded four. All of them have been scored either direct from the spot or from the rebound.
It's staggering to be at the halfway point and still be without a penalty to the club's name this season but there are four other clubs yet to be awarded a spot kick; Rotherham, Burton,Wigan and Huddersfield.
After Cardiff were awarded such a soft penalty after Sean Morrison went down under pressure from Andreas Bjelland, the Bees had two strong penalty shouts of their own.
The first was when Scott Hogan was pushed over in the box and the second was for a handball.
Brentford are one of the cleaner sides when it comes to defending in their own box with those four conceded, putting them joint 19th with Brighton, Huddersfield and Wigan with only Burton and Preston having better records.
The long goodbye?
Dean Smith is coming into the last 18 months of his contract at Griffin Park and the impression I get is that most fans don't want to see it renewed at this current juncture.
While, of course, the fans don't have the final say it is an indicator of where the head coach stands at Griffin Park.
There will be some who will question why Smith's contract is an issue at this juncture but there are valid reasons for this to become a growing concern.
Club policy has shown that if a player is going into the last year of their contract and unlikely to sign fresh terms then they will be sold than risk losing them on a free.
You only have to look at the other end of the Piccadilly Line at Arsenal to see why a manager in the final season of their contract is not a good thing.
Every bad result is met by contract questions and it is a sideshow that dominates the final contracted season.
Brentford will want to avoid this issue so, in my opinion, a decision will be taken this season as to whether Smith gets a new deal or not. If it is not, then the Bees will look to appoint a new head coach for next year.
Why haven't the fans taken to Smith?
A number of Brentford fans I have spoken to wouldn't be too disappointed if he left the club for various reasons.
Some supporters have never seemingly taken to Smith during his time in charge, even during the runs of excellent form.
The elephant in the room here is once again Mark Warburton. Brentford supporters have a habit of putting managers on a pedestal and nobody that succeeds them can ever hold a candle to them.
This happened 10 years ago with Martin Allen, who left the club in 2006 for then League Two side MK Dons, and yet was still seen as the Messiah by some after Andy Scott's departure in 2011.
There have been murmurs from the crowd at times singing the head coach's name from time to time but Marinus Dijkhuizen, Lee Carsley and Smith have ever had a sustained chant.
It's unlikely, unless Brentford win 15 on the trot, that Smith will ever get the vocal backing afforded to the likes of Warburton and Allen.