ROSS McCormack earned Leeds United a vital victory with a second-half header against Bristol City.
The Scotland international settled a poor game at Elland Road by striking for the second time in two games and averting the loss of two priceless points.
Having created little in the first half, United wobbled at the start of the second as goalkeeper Paddy Kenny dived to prevent Tom Lees from turning Richard Foster’s cross into his own net
Both sides continued to toil and Ross Barkley sliced a shot off target before Paul Anderson ambitious effort from long range whipped over Kenny’s crossbar.
But Leeds finally rose above the mediocrity in the 67th minute when Ross Barkley dinked a cross to the far post and McCormack leapt above his marker to beat Tom Heaton with a close-range finish.
Rodolph Austin narrowly failed to add a second goal when he pulled a low strike beyond Heaton’s far post and Leeds held out to avoid another blow to their hopes of reaching the play-offs.