Cardiff City moved to the top of the npower Championship with a 2-1 victory at struggling Barnsley while Crystal Palace's 14-game unbeaten run ended in a 2-1 defeat at Leeds United.
The Bluebirds controlled the majority of play at Oakwell and took the lead when Ben Nugent headed home his first career goal in the 22nd minute.
They doubled their advantage six minutes into the second half when Aron Gunnarsson nodded in another Peter Whittingham delivery. Barnsley did at least make a game of it when Jacob Mellis tucked home from close range 14 minutes from time, but the visitors held on - despite the late dismissal of Simon Lappin.
Palace surrendered top spot after going down at Elland Road, Luciano Becchio and Paul Green the men on target as Neil Warnock's side kicked off their new era in style after having been bought by GFH Capital this week. Peter Ramage got a late consolation for the Eagles but they could not find an equaliser.
Leicester City climbed to third thanks to their 2-0 triumph at Sheffield Wednesday - while Middlesbrough and Hull City were both losing.
Ben Marshall scored one goal and set up another on his return to Hillsborough as the Foxes consigned the Owls to a fourth straight league defeat.
Middlesbrough suffered a surprise 3-1 loss against Bristol City at the Riverside, the lowly Robins ending an 11-game winless run to move out of the relegation zone.
City took a shock lead in foggy conditions through Albert Adomah - a goal Boro goalkeeper Jason Steele will not want to see again - but high-flying Middlesbrough drew level before the break when Ishmael Miller netted after a penalty-area scramble. Shortly after the hour mark Stephen Pearson put the visitors back in front before Steven Davies netted.
Hull went down 1-0 at home to Burnley, Dean Marney notching the only goal of the game to halt the Clarets' mini slide under new boss Sean Dyche, while in-form Millwall climbed above opponents Blackburn and up to sixth after a 2-0 triumph at Ewood Park.
Chris Wood smashed his seventh goal in seven games 19 minutes from time and James Henry sealed it at the death to extend the Lions' unbeaten league run to 10 games.
Nottingham Forest remain behind sixth-placed Millwall only on goal difference after coming from behind to win 2-1 in their npower Championship clash at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Adlene Guedioura marked his return to Molineux with a brilliant long-range winner against his former club, the Algerian settling the game in the 57th minute after Billy Sharp had cancelled out Bjorn Sigurdarson's early opener.
Brighton and Hove Albion were made to rue a number of missed opportunities as David Ngog's last-gasp strike earned Bolton Wanderers an unlikely 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium.
The former Liverpool striker netted with the last kick of the game to cancel out Bruno Saltor's opener and preserve Dougie Freedman's unbeaten record as Bolton boss following his move from Crystal Palace.
Adam Clayton converted a late penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw for 10-man Huddersfield Town against Charlton Athletic.
The Terriers saw Keith Southern dismissed in the first half and fell behind to Rob Hulse's effort after 60 minutes, but Simon Grayson's men hit back with two minutes to play as Clayton kept his cool to net his first goal in 12 matches.
Blackpool fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Watford.
The Tangerines trailed 2-0 after only 21 minutes through goals from Ikechi Anya and Troy Deeney, but veteran Kevin Phillips threw the hosts a lifeline within seven minutes of the restart and Thomas Ince snatched a point for his team in stoppage time.
The battle between the division's bottom two teams, Ipswich Town and Peterborough United, finished 1-1 at Portman Road.
Lee Tomlin's sixth goal of the season handed the visitors an eighth-minute lead but it was not enough to claim all three points. Tomlin turned villain on the hour as he brought down Lee Martin in the penalty area, leaving on-loan QPR striker DJ Campbell to equalise from the spot.