Darlington's hopes of moving into the top seven were stifled by mid-table visitors Chesterfield, who held on for a goalless draw, while Rochdale were surprised by Port Vale.
Adam Le Fondre's 82nd-minute penalty appeared to have earned a point for the visitors when he cancelled out Danny Glover's 74th-minute goal - but a last-gasp goal from substitute Stephen Thompson gave Vale a 2-1 win and made sure they did not pay for the 79th-minute dismissal of Glover.
Rotherham's march away from the danger zone continued with an impressive 3-0 win at Notts County, with Reuben Reid (5), Drewe Broughton (47) and Michael Cummins (52) giving Mark Robins' side a third successive victory.
Bottom club Luton now need one more point to eradicate their 30-point penalty after a 3-2 defeat of Lincoln at Kenilworth Road. Chris Martin's double (31 and 33) gave them a 2-0 lead but Lenell John-Lewis (38) brought the visitors back into the contest.
However, Ian Roper restored the two-goal advantage and they held on for the victory, despite Adrian Patulea's injury-time goal for Lincoln.
Bournemouth - like Rotherham deducted 17 points by the Football League - remain second bottom on seven points after a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Barnet. A goal in each half from Albert Adomah ended Barnet's run of 13 games without a win and ensured departing manager Paul Fairclough bowed out on a high - he is being replaced by Ian Hendon.
The other two games in League Two saw Accrington and Macclesfield record 3-1 home victories.
Jamie Clarke's hat-trick for Stanley (11, 59 and 84) saw off third-from-bottom Grimsby, who could only manage a 14th-minute goal from Adam Proudlock in reply.
And the scoring sequence was the same at Moss Rose, where the Silkmen saw off Chester despite being pegged back by a 56th-minute goal from Ryan Lowe.
The game was keenly poised going into the last 15 minutes after Nathaniel Brown (six) had scored for the hosts - but Gareth Evans' 76th-minute penalty and Martin Gritton's 85th-minute effort made sure of a home win.
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