Nottingham Forest came out on top in an uninspiring game against Sheffield Wednesday at the City Ground.
An own goal from Miguel Llera with quarter of an hour remaining proved decisive and condemned the Owls to a 10th league defeat of the season.
Almost immediately, Gary Madine had a chance to equalise but headed Jermaine Johnson's cross wide.
The win leaves Sean O'Driscoll's side ninth while Wednesday are just outside the relegation places in 21st.
A lack of cutting edge from both teams was a feature of a match in which Madine had the first real chance of the game.
His long-range strike had to be tipped round the post by Forest keeper Lee Camp, while the home side's best chance of the first half came when Andy Reid played a one-two with Billy Sharp before striking straight at keeper Chris Kirkland.
Sharp missed two excellent chances as he shot and headed wide before Wednesday striker Jay Bothroyd had an effort cleared off the line by Danny Collins.
The game appeared to be set for a draw before Llera's intervention as the Spanish defender inexplicably nodded Chris Cohen's cross from the right past Kirkland.
Nottingham Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll:
"This is this division. There's a small margin between the top and the bottom. The game could have gone either way, both teams were guilty of missed chances.
"We won't be swinging from the rooftops - we've got a bit of work to do but I've got the right players to do that work.
"At least we are moving in the right direction. There will be a few bumps in the road, but we're getting there."
Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones:
"I'm saying the same thing every week. There's no team in this division better than us. They might have a bit more composure in front of goal but that's it.
"I'm an honest man and if we were getting hammered every week I would be the first to hold my hands up.
"I keep checking under my car in the mornings to check I haven't run over a nun or a black cat."
Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.
Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.
Booking Miguel Llera booked.
Unfair challenge on Dexter Blackstock by Miguel Llera results in a free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Chris Cohen misses to the left of the target.
Danny Mayor has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
Centre by Michail Antonio, blocked by Greg Halford. Inswinging corner taken by Jay Bothroyd from the right by-line, Elliott Ward makes a clearance.
Adlene Guedioura takes a shot. Blocked by Anthony Gardner.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lewis Buxton on Henri Lansbury. Adlene Guedioura takes the free kick.
Substitution Daniel Jones goes off and Danny Mayor comes on.
Henri Lansbury gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Johnson. Chris Kirkland takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Henri Lansbury by Jermaine Johnson. Greg Halford takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Cohen played to the near post, Close range effort by Henri Lansbury goes over the bar.
Unfair challenge on Brendan Moloney by Michail Antonio results in a free kick. Elliott Ward takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Henri Lansbury, clearance by Miguel Llera. Henri Lansbury takes a inswinging corner.
Corner from left by-line taken by Henri Lansbury.
The assist for the goal came from Chris Cohen.
74:30 Goal scored
Goal - Miguel Llera - Nott'm For 1 - 0 Sheff Wed Headed own goal by Miguel Llera. Nottm Forest 1-0 Sheff Wed.
The ball is sent over by Chris Cohen.
Gary Madine fouled by Elliott Ward, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Miguel Llera.
Adlene Guedioura fouled by Michail Antonio, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Cohen.
Unfair challenge on Chris Cohen by Gary Madine results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Cohen. Free kick awarded for a foul by Michail Antonio on Brendan Moloney. Elliott Ward restarts play with the free kick.
Long range effort from Adlene Guedioura misses to the left of the goal.
Jermaine Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Henri Lansbury. Direct free kick taken by Greg Halford.
Effort on goal by Henri Lansbury from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Dexter Blackstock challenges Miguel Llera unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Jay Bothroyd. Jermaine Johnson produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
The ball is swung over by Daniel Jones, Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Collins. Outswinging corner taken by Jay Bothroyd.
Jermaine Johnson takes a shot. Save by Lee Camp. The ball is crossed by Michail Antonio.
Simon Gillett concedes a free kick for a foul on Lewis Buxton. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.
Chris Cohen takes a shot. Save by Chris Kirkland.
Inswinging corner taken by Chris Cohen from the right by-line.
Dexter Blackstock fouled by Miguel Llera, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Gillett takes the free kick.
Henri Lansbury takes a shot. Chris Kirkland makes a save.
Substitution (Nottm Forest) makes a substitution, with Adlene Guedioura coming on for Jermaine Jenas.
Free kick taken by Billy Sharp.
Substitution Jermaine Johnson on for Nejc Pecnik.
Henri Lansbury takes a shot. Miguel Llera gets a block in. Nejc Pecnik gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Henri Lansbury.
Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Save by Lee Camp.
Danny Collins takes the free kick.
Substitution Henri Lansbury on for Andy Reid.
The official flags Gary Madine offside.
Shot by Jay Bothroyd from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
The second half has started.
45:00 +1:02 Half time
Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.
Corner from left by-line taken by Jay Bothroyd. Effort on goal by Nejc Pecnik from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
The ball is sent over by Miguel Llera, clearance made by Danny Collins.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Gillett on Lewis Buxton. Free kick taken by Jay Bothroyd.
Chris Cohen has an effort at goal from long range that goes wide left.
Jay Bothroyd takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Dexter Blackstock.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jay Bothroyd, Elliott Ward makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Chris Cohen.
Dexter Blackstock produces a cross, Daniel Jones manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Gary Madine on Elliott Ward, free kick awarded. Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Billy Sharp goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The ball is sent over by Daniel Jones, Greg Halford makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Simon Gillett, Ross Barkley gets a block in. Chris Cohen takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Jay Bothroyd manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Andy Reid, Dexter Blackstock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Gardner. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.
Brendan Moloney sends in a cross.
Brendan Moloney delivers the ball, Miguel Llera makes a clearance.
Jermaine Jenas takes a shot. Blocked by Anthony Gardner. Corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid, Jose Semedo manages to make a clearance. Chris Cohen takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Jay Bothroyd.
Unfair challenge on Anthony Gardner by Chris Cohen results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.
Unfair challenge on Dexter Blackstock by Jose Semedo results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Camp.
The ball is swung over by Michail Antonio, clearance by Danny Collins.
Gary Madine takes a shot. Save by Lee Camp.
Header by Gary Madine from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Lewis Buxton crosses the ball, Simon Gillett manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Jay Bothroyd, Nejc Pecnik takes a shot. Blocked by Jermaine Jenas.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Dexter Blackstock. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.
Centre by Billy Sharp, clearance made by Anthony Gardner. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Andy Reid.
Centre by Andy Reid, Anthony Gardner makes a clearance. Chris Cohen takes the inswinging corner, Chris Kirkland makes a save.
Greg Halford takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
Andy Reid sends in a cross, Effort on goal by Dexter Blackstock from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
Outswinging corner taken by Jay Bothroyd from the left by-line.
Andy Reid takes a shot. Save by Chris Kirkland. Andy Reid decides to take the corner short. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid from the left by-line.
Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Lee Camp makes a save. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jay Bothroyd.
Gary Madine takes a shot. Save made by Lee Camp. Outswinging corner taken by Jay Bothroyd from the left by-line.
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
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