Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Barnsley 2.
Bradley Dack scored twice as Blackburn Rovers spoiled Gerhard Struber's first match as Barnsley head coach with victory over the Championship's bottom club.
Rovers went ahead when a poor ball out of defence by centre-back Mads Andersen allowed Adam Armstrong to square to Dack for an easy tap-in.
Barnsley, without a win since the opening day of the season, levelled when half-time substitute Connor Chaplin fired home.
Stewart Downing restored Blackburn's lead with a low shot before Cauley Woodrow chested home Barnsley's second, only for Dack to seal the points after goalkeeper Sami Radlinger saved his initial header.
Struber made five changes, giving starts to fellow Austrians Radlinger and forward Patrick Schmidt up front, while Darragh Lenihan returned for Blackburn after missing almost two months with a knee injury.
Barnsley showed encouraging signs for their new boss going forward, but a worrying tendency to give the ball away in their own half again cost them dear, with misplaced passes leading to the first two Rovers goals.
They have now conceded 36 times in 17 games this season, compared to just 39 in the whole of their 2018-19 League One promotion campaign.
Woodrow's goal looked like it had salvaged a draw for the visitors, but Dack kept his head to slot home his eighth of the season into the roof of the net and win it for Blackburn.
They move up a place to 17th, with Barnsley now four points adrift at the bottom - and five from safety.
Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray:
"I love watching Dack when he gets wrapped up in it like he did in the second half; working, running, going playing where the ball is, playing like a kid in the playground really and he's got such natural talent.
"It was all about getting three points. That's what we talked about, not about performance levels, but just trying to get three points. I think it was a really dangerous game for us.
"I've watched Barnsley and I have to say they're a pretty good team. I like the way they play, I think they're full of energy, youthful and play forward."
Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber:
"In the second half we created a very good game and one point was the minimum we deserved.
"The situation is difficult, yes, I am not a dreamer.
"But I know when we can create the next time, with better positioning, better control on the ball, I think that we will have good chances to win games and this is our task, and I trust my team will get better next time."
- 22HoltbySubstituted forDowningat 63'minutes
- 9GallagherBooked at 56minsSubstituted forGrahamat 63'minutes
- 8RothwellSubstituted forBuckleyat 79'minutes
- 24HalmeSubstituted forDougallat 45'minutes
- 10BähreSubstituted forThomasat 83'minutes
- 7BrownBooked at 22mins
- 19SchmidtSubstituted forChaplinat 45'minutes
- Dean Whitestone
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Barnsley 2.
Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Bradley Dack.
Attempt blocked. Kenneth Dougall (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Bambo Diaby (Barnsley).
Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Kenneth Dougall (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers).
Goal! Blackburn Rovers 3, Barnsley 2. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.
Attempt saved. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Darragh Lenihan with a headed pass.
Foul by Toby Sibbick (Barnsley).
Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt missed. Mads Andersen (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Tosin Adarabioyo.
Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bambo Diaby.
Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Thomas with a cross.
Attempt missed. Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Thomas.
Substitution, Barnsley. Luke Thomas replaces Mike-Steven Bähre.
Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Barnsley 2. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) with an attempt from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor Chaplin.
Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. John Buckley replaces Joe Rothwell.