At Prenton Park on Tuesday night, Andy Robinson struck twice from the penalty spot, taking his tally for the season to six, to put Tranmere in control against the Shakers.
And Jake Cassidy netted the third as Ronnie Moore's side recorded a fifth win in their first seven games.
Stevenage are now Rovers' nearest challengers after they beat Walsall and Notts County drew away to MK Dons.
Robin Shroot set Stevenage on their way and though George Bowerman levelled, Greg Tansey restored Boro's advantage and Lucas Akins made it 3-1 at Broadhall Way.
County ended the Dons' 100% home record but could not hang on for victory after Neal Bishop's stunning opener from 30 yards as Jay O'Shea equalised.
Fourth-placed Crawley were also held, 1-1 at Colchester. Kyle McFadzean put Town ahead in the 71st minute but Anthony Wordsworth levelled with a late penalty.
Fifth-placed Preston hammered five past lowly Hartlepool. They led 2-0 at half-time as Joel Byrom and Stuart Beavon scored within a minute of each other and Jack King added a third before Scott Laird netted a late double.
At the other end of the table, managerless Coventry's woes continued as they were thumped at Shrewsbury.
Darren Jones' third-minute header put the Shrews ahead and Paul Parry's magnificent free-kick doubled their advantage midway through the first half.
Matthew Richards' penalty made it 3-0 after the hour mark and Marvin Morgan quickly added the fourth, meaning John Fleck's penalty was mere consolation as the Sky Blues remain level on points with bottom club Bury.
Leyton Orient enjoyed a 4-1 home win over Yeovil after also opening up a two-goal interval cushion.
Ben Chorley gave Orient an early lead and Ryan Brunt headed home Lee Cook's cross to make it 2-0.
Sam Foley pulled one back 10 minutes into the second half but Jimmy Smith made it 3-1 and Kevin Lisbie netted the fourth.
Harry Forrester's first senior goal earned Bournemouth a 2-2 draw with Brentford in a game which swung one way and then the other.
The Bees were handed a 10th-minute lead at Dean Court when Simon Francis put through his own goal, but he then set up Matt Tubbs for the equaliser. Charlie Daniels' penalty put the Cherries 2-1 up before Forrester had the final word.
Troubled Portsmouth were beaten 2-1 by Swindon at Fratton Park.
Matt Ritchie's strike from a narrow angle gave Swindon a half-time lead and Andy Williams' solo goal doubled the margin, with Lubomir Michalik's late header merely consolation for the hosts.
Oldham came from behind to draw 1-1 at home to Scunthorpe. The Iron took an early lead through Leon Clarke but Matt Derbyshire levelled five minutes before half-time.
There were no goals in the game between Carlisle and Crewe, nor in the South Yorkshire derby between Sheffield United and Doncaster.