Ulster's dreadful run of form in the Magners League came to an end with a 37-15 road win over the Cardiff Blues.
The Ulstermen had not won in the league since September, carding seven successive defeats, but their dominance up front ensured that run came to an end in some style.
That looked a long way off when Cardiff began brightly and took the lead with a score from Casey Laulala coming not long after Tom James raced 60 yards only to be brought down just before the line.
Ulster hit back quickly through Craig Gilroy and Ian Humphreys put them in front with a penalty but, with Adam D'Arcy in the sin-bin, James got his name on the scoresheet and Ceri Sweeney smashed home a penalty.
However Cardiff fell apart just before and after the interval and Ulster's introduction of Ireland pair Andrew Trimble and Paddy Wallace pushed them over the edge.
Gilroy tallied his second try of the day before D'Arcy powered down the left wing to give the game a completely different look.
Two more tries would follow in quick succession to make it four in 15 minutes, Willie Faloon galloping 30 metres to cross and Wallace making the most of Gareth Williams' dreadful grubber kick to round things off for the visitors.
For Cardiff Blues:Tries: Laulala, James
Tries: Gilroy 2, D'Arcy, Faloon, Wallace
Cons: Humphreys 3
Pens: Humphreys 2
Cardiff Blues: 15 Chris Czekaj, 14 Richard Mustoe, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 Dafydd Hewitt, 11 Tom James, 10 Ceri Sweeney, 9 Tom Slater, 8 Xavier Rush, 7 Maama Molitika, 6 Michael Paterson, 5 Paul Tito (c), 4 James Down, 3 Scott Andrews, 2 T Rhys Thomas, 1 Taufa'ao Filise.
Replacements:16 Gareth Williams 17 Tom Davies 18 Sam Hobbs 19 Bryn Griffiths 20 Ben White 21 Dan Fish 22 Gareth Davies 23 Gavin Evans.
Ulster: 15 Adam D'Arcy, 14 Craig Gilroy, 13 Nevin Spence, 12 Ian Whitten, 11 Simon Danielli, 10 Ian Humphreys, 9 Paul Marshall, 8 Robbie Diack 7 Chris Henry, 6 Pedrie Wannenburg, 5 Dan Tuohy, 4 Johann Muller (C), 3 BJ Botha, 2 Nigel Brady, 1 Paddy McAllister.
Replacements: 16 Andi Kyriacou, 17 Bryan Young, 18 Jerry Cronin, 19 Tim Barker, 20 Willie Faloon, 21 Ian Porter, 22 Paddy Wallace, 23 Andrew Trimble.
Referee: George Clancy