Scunthorpe United caretaker boss Andy Dawson gave any incoming manager a welcome boost as the Iron romped to a 3-0 victory at Gillingham in Sky Bet League 1.Aided by the dismissal of Doug Loft, Scunthorpe ended a run of four straight defeats with goals from Paddy Madden, Neal Bishop and Gary McSheffrey, the latter deep in stoppage time.
Bottom-of-the-league Crewe Alexandra also enjoyed a change of fortune when beating Coventry City 2-1, with Febian Brandy and George Cooper putting Alex in control before an Anthony Grant own goal gave City hope, only for Jack Finch to see red and the fightback fade.
Meanwhile, Bristol City moved five points clear at the top of the table after a Wes Burns strike three minutes into stoppage time earned them a 3-2 win over Chesterfield at Ashton Gate.
The leaders twice went ahead through an Ian Evatt own goal and a Derrick Williams effort, but were pegged back by an Eoin Doyle double, the first from the penalty spot, until substitute Burns secured the victory.
With Swindon Town not in action, Peterborough United moved up to second thanks to a 4-1 triumph at Crawley Town, where Michael Smith, Christian Burgess, Marcus Maddison and Conor Washington netted for Posh after they had fallen behind early on to an Izale McLeod opener.
There was late drama at Bramall Lane as Sheffield United scored in the 90th minute and then in the first minute of stoppage time through Marc McNulty and Paddy McCarthy to take the lead against 10-man Leyton Orient, but Romain Vincelot levelled it up at 2-2 when netting for the visitors nine minutes into time added on.
Jay Simpson had earlier put the O's in front in the first half, but caretaker boss Kevin Nugent then saw Jobi McAnuff sent off before the action-packed closing stages.
Gavin Massey bagged a brace as Colchester United came from behind to edge out Fleetwood Town 2-1 after Liam McAlinden had put the visitors in front.
Oldham Athletic beat Walsall by the same scoreline as Conor Wilkinson and Mike Jones responded to Jordan Cook's opener.
Tome Pope's double put Port Vale in charge versus Yeovil Town before Chris Lines and Colin Daniel also struck in a 4-1 home win, with Aaron Martin providing the only reply by the visitors.
On Sunday, Barnsley came from behind to beat Yorkshire rivals Bradford City 3-1.
Jason Kennedy put the Bantams ahead after just 45 seconds before Rory McArdle, under pressure from Lewin Nyatanga, headed a Conor Hourihane free-kick into his own net early in the second half.
Sam Winnall then converted a low Nyatanga pass to put Barnsley in front and Kane Hemmings secured the victory in injury time with his first league goal for the club.