Tranmere, who are top thanks to superior goal difference, were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Portsmouth.
Pompey twice came from behind as goals by defender Gabor Gyepes and striker Jake Jervis cancelled out home strikes for Ash Taylor and Michael O’Halloran.
Doncaster, meanwhile, drew 1-1 at Swindon Town thanks to a Danny Hollands own-goal almost immediately after Matt Ritchie had put the hosts ahead.
Sheffield United moved third, just one point behind the top two, after first-half goals from Ryan Flynn and Nick Blackman put them in command at Carlisle.
Danny Livesey pulled one back for the hosts but Neil Collins’s late third meant Blades won 3-1 to move back into contention.
Brentford twice came from behind to beat MK Dons 3-2 at Griffin Park.
Ryan Lowe put the hosts ahead on 14 minutes, with Clayton Donaldson equalising two minutes before the break. Stephen Gleeson added a second for Dons early in the second half but Harry Forrester levelled before Donaldson struck an 89th-minute winner.
Stevenage climbed back into the play-off zone with a 2-0 win at Hartlepool, their seventh away success of the season.
Luke Freeman's cross was met by Marcus Haber and, after his header cracked back off the post, he reacted quickest to prod in the rebound.
Stevenage made the game safe after 60 minutes from the penalty spot. Jordan Richards handled a deep cross and Lucas Akins rolled the ball in.
Bournemouth stretched their unbeaten run to 12 games since the return of manager Eddie Howe with a 2-1 win at Scunthorpe. In a strange three-minute spell, Lewis Grabban opened the scoring, Mike Grella missed a penalty, while an strange own0goal by Wes Fogden made it 2-0. Karl Hawley scored a second-half penalty for the visitors but they could not equalise.
A late goal from midfielder from Josh Simpson gave Crawley a hard earned point from a 2-2 draw against struggling Shrewsbury.
The visitors were heading to their first away win for eight months until Simpson fired his second goal of the game from 15 yards nine minutes from time.
Matt Richards had levelled for the Shrews, with John Taylor putting them ahead with a superb solo goal before Simpson equalised.
In-form Coventry hammered their Midlands rivals Walsall 5-1 to make it just one defeat in 10 for Mark Robins' team.
Blair Adams’s own goal started things off poorly for Coventry, but Carl Baker (2), David McGoldrick (2) and Cyrus Christie helped the Sky Blues to a big win.
Kevin Lisbie scored twice, one in each half, to lead Leyton Orient to a 2-0 win at Bury. The veteran striker sealed a tight game to take his tally to eight for the season.
Oldham maintained their much-improved recent form with a well-deserved 2-0 win at Colchester.
Jean-Yves M'Voto’s header and a Brian Wilson own-goal after Matt Derbyshire hit the post were enough for the Latics to win.
Crewe manager Steve Davis celebrated signing a new contract with the club in style as his side convincingly put Preston to the sword 3-1 at Deepdale.
Goals from Luke Murphy, Bradden Inman and Mathias Pogba were enough for all three points despite Paul Huntington's late reply for the hosts, just 24 hours after Davis put pen to paper on a new 18-month rolling contract with the Railwaymen.
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