Match ends, Blackpool 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.
Goals from Ricardo Fuller and Dan Gosling saw Blackpool secure victory over struggling Sheffield Wednesday at Bloomfield Road.
Fuller opened the scoring for the hosts with a close-range finish early on.
Wednesday had plenty of chances to equalise, with Jeremy Helan and Connor Wickham both failing to finish gilt-edged chances.
Gosling's left-foot strike in the second half sealed the points for Blackpool.
The Seasiders are fourth in the Championship while Wednesday are 23rd, six points adrift from safety.
With manager Paul Ince returning to the dug-out on the back of his five-match stadium ban, Blackpool made the perfect start to the afternoon as they took the lead inside the opening 10 minutes.
Tom Ince whipped a low corner to the near post and Fuller peeled away from his marker to turn the ball home inside the six-yard box.
But the visitors only had themselves to blame for failing to get back on level terms soon after.
Wickham broke free down the right-hand side of the area and pulled the ball back for the unmarked Helan, eight yards out, but with the goal gaping he somehow side-footed wide.
A free-kick from Lewis Buxton found Miguel Llera inside the area and his header flew narrowly wide of Matt Gilks' left-hand post.
With just two minutes remaining of the opening period, a right-wing cross from Roger Johnson picked out Jose Semedo but his wayward header again let the Seasiders off the hook.
While the Owls were unfortunate not to have at least drawn level prior to half-time, the second period was a far more enterprising affair, with chances at both ends.
Jacques Maghoma fired an early sighter over the crossbar for the visitors before Ince cut in from the left flank and forced a good save out of Damian Martinez with a 20-yard drive two minutes later.
As the game began to open up, the sides continued to trade blows and Gary MacKenzie's header and another Ince drive both forced good saves out of Martinez, either side of Semedo's tame shot.
Blackpool sealed victory when left-back Tyler Blackett - on loan from Manchester United - broke down the left and pulled the ball back for Gosling, who side-footed home from 10 yards.
Blackpool boss Paul Ince, who returned to the dug-out after a five-match stadium ban: "It's great to be back and even better with three points.
"You don't realise how much you miss it. Five games is a long time.
"I was concerned if we'd got beat it would be my fault. Alex Rae and Steve Thompson have done a fine job. I wasn't sure whether to sit in the stands or the touchline and I was glad I did.
Under-pressure Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones, on his future: "I speak to the chairman every single day and you'll have to ask him if he's going to get rid of me. I don't know the lottery numbers and I don't know what my future will be either.
"This club has had 12 or 13 managers in recent years but sacking managers isn't the way forward.
"We're all fighting for our jobs, but players have to start putting chances in the back of the net.
"We were probably the better team until the second goal. But we let players run off the back of us, we didn't track the runners and they got a second and it was game over."
- 18OsbourneBooked at 25mins
- 11InceSubstituted forZeegelaarat 90+2'minutes
- 4GoslingBooked at 59mins
- 19FullerSubstituted forDaviesat 81'minutes
- 15DobbieBooked at 3minsSubstituted forMartínez Cerveraat 58'minutes
- 31Martínez Cervera
- 2BuxtonSubstituted forPalmerat 78'minutes
- 19MattockSubstituted forJohnsonat 66'minutesBooked at 87mins
- 6SemedoBooked at 74mins
- 14CokeSubstituted forFryattat 75'minutes
- Simon Hooper
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Blackpool 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.
Hand ball by Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).
Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Roger Johnson.
Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Marvin Zeegelaar with a cross following a corner.
Substitution, Blackpool. Marvin Zeegelaar replaces Thomas Ince.
Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Miguel Ángel Llera.
Attempt blocked. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyler Blackett.
Attempt missed. Ángel (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Liam Palmer.
Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.
Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).
Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jeremy Helan.
Foul by Seyi Olofinjana (Sheffield Wednesday).
Steve Davies (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Steve Davies (Blackpool).
Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).