Walsall went second in the league with a 2-0 over Port Vale in Sean O’Driscoll’s first game in charge on Sunday afternoon.
Substitute Jordan Cook provided both strikes in a match that was well balanced before the opening goal.
The defeat sees Vale sit 13th, just four points off the play-offs.
leaders Burton drew 3-3 with Doncaster in a sensational game in Nigel Clough’s first game back as manager of the Brewers.
Andy Williams put the away side 1-0 up after just four minutes, but a double from Calum Butcher gave Burton a 2-1 lead just past the hour mark.
Paul Keegan then curled in a free-kick, before Nathan Tyson seemingly netted the last strike of the match with a penalty seven minutes from time. But Mark Duffy’s excellent finish in the dying moments made it 3-3 to rescue a point for Albion.
Coventry failed to close the gap on Burton as they drew 1-1 with strugglers Oldham, who are now third from bottom.
There was a minute’s applause before kick-off for former chairman and manager Jimmy Hill, who passed away at the age of 87 on Saturday.
Aaron Martin gave the Sky Blues the lead shortly after half-time with a header from Joe Cole’s corner, but a stoppage time strike from Danny Philliskirk levelled the scores.
Rochdale came from behind to beat Colchester 3-1 to condemn the U’s to a seventh straight league defeat.
Chris Porter had put the away side in the lead, but strikes from Ian Henderson, who tucked away a penalty, Donal McDermott and Olly Lancashire sealed the win.
Southend thrashed Bury 4-1 on Friday night, after a superb performance by Noel Hunt, who bagged a brace in the first half-an-hour.
Leon Clarke then gave the visitors some hope by, making it 2-1 before the break. But efforts from David Mooney and Jack Payne rounded off the scoring to move Phil Brown’s side level on points with sixth placed Peterborough.
Gillingham beat 10-man Millwall 3-0 in a dominant display as they moved to within four points of Burton at the top of the table.
A brace from Dominic Samuel and a penalty from Bradley Dack was enough to beat the Lions, who stay three points off the play-off pack, on their travels.
Swindon are now just six points off the play-offs after winning their fourth match in a row with a 1-0 victory at Shrewsbury thanks to Nick Ajose’s goal.
Blackpool also continued their winning streak with a 2-0 triumph over in-form Peterborough.
Mark Cullen struck inside the first two minutes, before Brad Potts doubled the lead to end Posh’s seven-match unbeaten run.
Wigan moved up to fifth with a 2-0 win at Barnsley, who remain in the relegation zone.
Andy Kellett put the Latics ahead with a good finish, before on-loan Middlesbrough winger Yanic Wildschut rolled the ball into the net with four minutes left.
Crewe climbed off the bottom of the table after a 1-1 draw with fellow relegation candidates Fleetwood.
Ryan Lowe put the home side ahead after five minutes, but David Ball equalised moments later.
Alex are two points from safety, while the Cod Army sit one-point above the bottom-four.
Chesterfield lost for the sixth consecutive match as they went down 1-0 to Bradford.
Tony McMahon netted the only goal of the game when he headed home from a Billy Clarke for the Bantams, who are just outside the play-offs on goal difference.
Sheffield United won their first away game since August, as Billy Sharp scored the winner at former club Scunthorpe.
The 29-year-old found the bottom corner with a good finish just after half-time to move the Blades into the top-1o and to within a point of the top-six.
Player of the Week: Noel Hunt (Southend)
Team of the Week: Blackpool
Goal of the Week: Mark Duffy (BURTON vs Doncaster – 1min 50secs)