Substitute Andre Schurrle's introduction proved decisive as Chelsea came from behind to defeat relegated Cardiff 2-1 with two goals in three second-half minutes in the Welsh capital. (Manchester City crowned EPL 2013-14 champions)
The Germany international scored one and made the other for Fernando Torres shortly after coming on as Jose Mourinho's team, third in the Premier League, ended a trophyless season on a winning note.
Cardiff, in their final game before returning to the second-tier Championship, had led beyond the hour mark courtesy of Craig Bellamy's early deflected strike in what seems likely to be his final game as a professional.
The 34-year-old striker, who has scored for a record seven clubs in the Premier League, is out of contract this summer and reportedly planning to call time on his career.