DANNY Shittu has revealed how he "psyched out" Cardiff's players in the tunnel before heading Millwall to a vital three points at The Den.
The defender's intimidating war cry was captured by the TV cameras as the two sides lined up outside the dressing rooms ahead of Saturday's clash.
And Shittu admitted that he was trying to give the Lions a psychological edge by putting the frighteners on Russell Slade's visitors.
The 34-year-old's mind games did the trick as he rose above a timid challenge from Federico Macheda to power in a second-half corner.
Shittu said: "Psyching out the opposition is something I do. You've got to get to them before the game starts so you affect them mentally.
"It is something my teammates see and it picks them up as well. They see that the other players crumble.
"I did that and it gave the team a lift.
"It's a bit of intimidation but it's all part of the game.
"Everybody knows I am a nice friendly guy after the game but before the game I want my team to win and I'll do anything I can to help my team mates win."
Asked what exactly he said in the tunnel, a grinning Shittu added: "It's a bit of talking, a bit of everything.
"You might have to see it yourself one day and be in the tunnel – it's hard to explain."
Shittu made a dream return to the Lions' line up after going seven months without making a league appearance.
Not long ago, he feared his Millwall career would be ended by an Achilles injury.
"There have been times when I've doubted myself – maybe I can't play again," he said.
"I've had to work so hard over these last couple of months. If you'd asked me this six weeks ago I didn't even think I was right then.
"When I felt right and told the gaffer, he was worried about me because he didn't want me to come back and pull it again.
"Obviously he was upset when I did my Achilles injury and he's always been worried about me coming back and doing it again.
"It has been really hard for me – not just physically but mentally as well, especially at my age when you get such a serious injury like that.
"You either crumble or work hard.
"Over the last couple of weeks I've felt amazing and it's down to the hard work they've done
with me and I do feel like I can play Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday now."
After so long out, Shittu had to cope with a few pre-match butterflies.
"There was a lot of nerves in the beginning because I wasn't sure," he said.
"All I wanted was for us to win and for me not to make a mistake because I did feel like I was playing my first game in a new team!
"I'd have just taken a win from today, but for everything to go the way it did – thank God for that and I'm happy."
Shittu hailed manager Ian Holloway for keeping his spirits up during the darkest days of his injury lay-off.
The centre back said: "When you're down or he sees the worry in your face, he picks you up. He's the kind of character that comes into the physio room.
"He doesn't hide away. He will be in the physio room in the morning making everybody laugh, making everybody feel comfortable.
"If he does see that you're down he tries to pick you up, tells you to keep going and keep working hard.
"I'm glad I'm part of a club that really works on the players, whether you're playing or not.
"A lot of the time I had to put my head down and just work. I had to concentrate on myself, get myself right.
"I didn't want to be around the team [while I was injured] because I wasn't mentally there.
"A lot of the time I just had to put myself to the side and work hard. When I did feel right the manager started involving me again.
"Even though the last couple of games I haven't been playing he's been telling me about how I've been, how the lads see it and how it affects them.
"I'm just glad I'm able to be where I am now.
"The last couple of games I didn't play but I still felt part of the team and I'm just glad when he called on me I was able to do what I normally do."