Bury took advantage of Burton Albion's Friday night loss to go top of the Sky Bet League 2 table after a 2-0 defeat of Tranmere Rovers at Gigg Lane.Kelvin Etuhu and Daniel Nardiello struck in the second half as they consigned struggling Rovers to a third straight loss.
Burton's 100 per cent home record came to an end on Friday as Cambridge United triumphed 3-1 at the Pirelli Stadium, with Tom Elliot bagging a brace.
Elsewhere on Friday, Exeter City came from behind to triumph 2-1 at Dagenham & Redbridge. Arron Davies scored a late winner for the Grecians after Jimmy Keohane had cancelled out Jamie Cureton's first-half opener.
Wycombe Wanderers also edged above the Brewers but could not quite reach the summit after a 1-1 home draw with Northampton Town, who went ahead through Ryan Creswell but had Gregor Robertson sent off late on before Aaron Holloway levelled eight minutes into stoppage time.
At the other end of the table, Keith Curle continued to enjoy a honeymoon period as Carlisle United boss as they moved off the bottom by leapfrogging Hartlepool United with a 3-0 success at the Victoria Ground.
Steven Rigg, Stephen Elliott and Mark Beck scored for the Cumbrians to give Curle back-to-back victories since taking charge when they had not won all season.
Meanwhile, John Coleman has started his second spell at Accrington Stanley with three straight wins after Luke Joyce struck from the penalty spot at Mansfield Town, who later had Adam Murray sent off.
Morecambe edged out Southend United 1-0 at Roots Hall thanks to an early Jack Redshaw strike, while Plymouth Argyle beat Shrewsbury Town by the same scoreline thanks to Reuben Reid's effort.
Michael Collins scored the only goal of the game as Oxford United shaded Newport County, despite Tyrone Barnett seeing red.
Alex Wall hit the 83rd-minute winner as Luton Town secured a 2-1 success at Stevenage after Luke Wilkinson had put the Hatters ahead before Thomas Pett equalised.
AFC Wimbledon came from behind to draw 1-1 at Cheltenham Town as Adam Barrett replied to Matt Taylor's early strike, while there were no goals in the game between York City and Portsmouth.