Leeds claimed their first three points under new boss Simon Grayson with a 3-1 victory at fellow League One play-off contenders Stockport.
The West Yorkshire side fell behind after just three minutes, Johnny Mullins grabbing the goal. But Luciano Becchio (19), Fabian Delph (73) and Malcolm Christie (86) gave Leeds a deserved victory.
Meanwhile, Scunthorpe suffered a 2-0 defeat at Huddersfield. Jim Goodwin (65) and an injury-time goal from Gary Roberts gave the Terriers the victory which keeps their play-off hopes alive.
A Steven Gillespie penalty after 39 minutes gave Colchester a 1-0 win over visitors Leyton Orient, who remain in the relegation zone. Orient could have salvaged a point but Adam Boyd saw his second-half penalty saved.
It was a bad-tempered match at the Colchester Community Stadium which saw nine yellow cards and a sending off for Sean Thornton for a second bookable offence.
The shock of the day in League One came at Hartlepool, who were soundly beaten 4-1 by basement club Crewe. John Brayford put the visitors ahead just after the break before Joel Porter (48) equalised.
An own goal by Michael Nelson in the 57th minute restored the visitors' lead and further goals from Luke Murphy and Shaun Miller gave them a comfortable victory.
Brighton moved out of the relegation zone thanks to a Nicky Forster double at Danny Wilson's Swindon. The veteran striker got his first after 43 minutes and he doubled his side's advantage with a penalty after 52 minutes following Michael Timlin's foul on Stuart Fleetwood.
An injury-time goal from Antony Kay gave Tranmere victory against Walsall. Ian Goodison gave the home side the lead in the 43 minutes, before Marco Reich's penalty gave the visitors what looked to be a share of the points. But Kay slotted home Ian Moore's cross in the dying seconds for a remarkable victory.
Northampton and Bristol Rovers fought out a goalless draw, as did Oldham and Carlisle.
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