Leaders Burton Albion came from a goal behind away to Chesterfield to win their fourth away game in a row, the first time they have achieved such a feat in the Football League.
Sam Hird put the home side ahead after two minutes, but strikes from Stuart Beavon and Jerome Binnom-Williams, who scored in stoppage time, sealed the win for Albion.
Walsall failed to maintain the pressure on Burton after drawing 1-1 with strugglers Crewe. Tom Bradshaw hit his eighth of the campaign but Alex defender Ben Nugent denied the home side all three points.
Gillingham missed out on the chance to move into second place as they lost for the second game in a row, this time 2-0 at Barnsley. On-loan Manchester United midfielder Ben Pearson’s 25-yard shot gave the Tykes the lead before Sam Winnall secured the points.
Leon Clarke’s brace against his former club Coventry City gave Bury a 2-1 win at Gigg Lane. Clarke gave the Shakers the lead barely 20 minutes in with a clever finish before converting a penalty to double the Shakers’ advantage. Reda Johnson pulled a goal back for City who stay in the play-off places.
Millwall won their first home league match of the season by beating Rochdale 3-1. Jimmy Abdou put the Lions in the lead but Dale were level when Peter Vincenti equalised before half-time. Yet there was to be another twist before the interval, as Shaun Williams restored the home side’s lead and Steve Morison’s goal after the break made sure of the points.
Elsewhere, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro’s brace helped Shrewsbury defeat basement side Blackpool 2-0, Southend United beat Scunthorpe 2-1 and Sheffield United easily saw off Doncaster 3-1 at Bramall Lane.
Meanwhile, Port Vale won 2-1 at Fleetwood and Colchester won by the same score-line at Swindon, with Callum Harriott getting the winner before half-time.
Graham Westley won his first game in charge of Peterborough with a 2-0 victory at Bradford, while Oldham drew 1-1 at home to Wigan in a Lancashire derby.
Player of the Weekend: Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Shrewsbury Town)
Team of the Weekend: Burton Albion
Goal of the Weekend: Gary McSheffrey (Southend vs SCUNTHORPE)