In the day's late game, a goalkeeping howler from Eldin Jakupovic gifted Sheffield Wednesday a surprise victory at second-placed Hull City.
Reda Johnson had given Dave Jone's side a half-time lead with the slightest of touches from a set piece, but that was cancelled out late in the second-half as Robert Koren brilliantly headed the Tigers level from a pin-point Ahmed Elmohamady cross.
However, Bosnian stopper Jakupovic inexplicably fumbled an Owls corner, which the referee adjudged to have crossed the line, despite Hull protests for a foul.
Luis Antonio sealed the points for Wednesday with a breakaway goal late into stoppage-time, and there was even time for Chris Kirkland to save a late Jay Simpson penalty.
Managerless Barnsley climbed off the bottom of the table with a 2-0 win at home to Leeds.
Tykes caretaker boss David Flitcroft, in charge for his third game following the recent sacking of Keith Hill, had Chris Dagnall to thank for the three points with a timely brace.
Dagnall opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 63 minutes after being brought down by Sam Byram and sealed the win with his second just three minutes later.
That lifted Barnsley above Bristol City, who were thrashed 4-0 at home by Leicester, who climbed to third in the table as a result.
Chris Wood scored a 30-minute hat-trick in the first half and Matty James (49) completed the rout for the Foxes.
Crystal Palace slipped to fourth after going down 1-0 at Burnley, with Junior Stanislas (81) scoring the only goal, while Middlesbrough dropped to fifth after a rare home defeat.
Tony Mowbray's side went down 2-1 to Watford, for whom Matej Vydra scored twice (45 and 83). Scott McDonald scored a last-gasp consolation for Boro.
League leaders Cardiff were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Ipswich.
Elsewhere, it was a tale of two penalties at the Reebok Stadium as Bolton and Millwall drew 1-1.
Andy Keogh gave the visitors a ninth-minute lead from the spot, but Keith Andrews equalised 10 minutes before half-time.
Brighton are up to eighth after a 2-1 home win over Derby, with Ashley Barnes scoring after just two minutes and Andrea Orlandi (25) doubling the lead before Jeff Hendrick (70) pulled one back in the second half.
Alex McLeish claimed his first win as Nottingham Forest manager with a 2-1 victory over Peterborough.
Greg Halford (28) headed the home side in front, but Scott Wootton levelled things up before Elliott Ward powered home from a corner with seven minutes left to hand Forest victory.
Charlton moved up to 14th, and above their opponents, with a 2-1 win over managerless Blackpool at The Valley.
Johnnie Jackson (23) and Scott Wagstaff (45) put the home side in command, while substitute Nathan Eccleston scored a last-minute consolation for Blackpool.
Huddersfield and Birmingham fought out a dramatic 1-1 draw at the John Smith's Stadium, with the goals coming in injury time in each half.
Birmingham boss Lee Clark looked like having the last laugh on his return to his former club thanks to Callum Reilly (45), but Adam Hammill snatched an equaliser in the third minute of injury time in the second period.