During a weekend that featured endless drama in the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two, there were plenty of talking points in the EFL once again.
After a 4-1 loss to Gillingham before Christmas, Brian Barry-Murphy's side had drawn 3-3 with Crewe and 4-4 at Charlton since new year.
And Dale raced into the lead at home to Wigan on Saturday through striker Stephen Humphrys before the Latics responded with two quickfire goals from Kyle Joseph and Callum Lang.
Jimmy McNulty was then sent off for Rochdale but Jake Beesley soon made it 2-2. Will Keane then thought he'd netted the winner for Wigan late on with an incredible goal.
Will Keaney uppies!#EFL | @LaticsOfficial pic.twitter.com/JRLpZBnAkm— Sky Bet League One (@SkyBetLeagueOne) January 17, 2021
However Humphrys once again came to the fore, snatching a point in the 95th minute.
But it would turn into an afternoon to forget for England's record goalscorer as he began to realise exactly what the chance to "roll his sleeves up" in management will look like in the months ahead.
Rotherham should have gone ahead in the first half, but a seemingly routine finish from Millers captain Richard Wood was adjudged offside.
Derby responded and had their chances either side of half-time, but Jamal Blackman stood in their way before Jamie Lindsay netted the only goal of the game with four minutes to play.
.@JamzLowe the punisher!#EFL | #SkyBetChampionship— Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) January 16, 2021
Wins for Barrow, 1-0 against Scunthorpe, and Leyton Orient, who scored two late goals to beat Morecambe 2-0, were the anomalies.
And despite their game with Mansfield being postponed following positive Covid-19 results, Carlisle remained top as the three teams that could've gone ahead of them all dropped points.
Newport were held 0-0 by Salford City - the first time they've failed to score this season - while Cambridge United and Forest Green Rovers were briefly heading to the summit before being pegged back by Colchester and Port Vale respectively.
Forest coming good under Hughton
Nottingham Forest fans have had to be patient for Chris Hughton to make an impact since taking charge in October, but now the Reds are reaping the rewards of their autumn appointment.
Saturday's 3-1 win over Millwall was a seventh game unbeaten in a row, and the first time they have scored three goals since June's win over Huddersfield.
The former Newcastle and Brighton boss has worked hard on giving the East Midlanders some defensive mettle, with just four goals conceded across the seven-match streak.
Saturday's win, and the scoreline in particular, suggest progress is being made at the other end of the field - with Sammy Ameobi's two impressive strikes trebling his season tally.
𝙎𝙖𝙢𝙢𝙮 𝙨𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙢𝙚𝙧#EFL | @NFFC pic.twitter.com/IjW5stIgPA— Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) January 17, 2021