Cardiff's new boys made an instant impact as Wilfried Zaha and Kenwyne Jones enjoyed dream debuts.
Robert Snodgrass gave Norwich the lead in just the fifth minute at Cardiff City Stadium.But substitute Zaha teed up Craig Bellamy for the equaliser just after the break and a minute later Jones fired home the winner. It ensured Ole Gunnar Solskjaer secured a first Premier League win since taking charge of the Welsh club, which, while not moving them out of the drop zone, got them off the bottom of the table at Fulham's expense.
And the performance of Zaha, whose introduction before half-time enlivened Cardiff, will give Bluebirds fans real hope of surviving the drop. It was Cardiff's first win in eight league games, and Norwich have now won just one of nine as they remain firmly in the relegation battle having wasted countless chances in a game they deserved something from.
"We probably needed that second goal and I thought on the balance of play that we might have got it," said Norwich manager Chris Hughton.
"We are angry because we have come away with nothing from a game we should have won but I can't fault the effort and determination to get back in the game."