• Davies snatched the headlines at Ashton Gate – but not the new Nottingham Forest manager, Billy Davies, who won't take up the hot seat until Monday. Instead, it was his namesake and Bristol City striker Steven Davies who opened the scoring for the home side, with a low left-foot strike five minutes into the second half – his 10th goal of the season – as the relegation threatened team kept up the pressure on the sides above them with a 2-0 win. Marvin Elliott made the game safe, heading home Stephen Pearson's cross 12 minutes later, leaving Forest languishing in mid-table, and City manager Sean O'Driscoll – so harshly sacked by Forest on Boxing Day – with a satisfied smile on his face.
• Bristol City may have won, but the other two teams in the relegation zone also secured important victories. Peterborough Town had the hardest task on paper – welcoming high-flying Leicester City to London Road. The home team found themselves trailing after Ben Marshall scored seven minutes after half-time, shooting into the top corner from 10 yards out. However, despite sitting at the foot of the table, the Posh were not to be denied. A fantastic 20-yard volley from the Manchester United loanee Davide Petrucci levelled the scores in the 74th minute, and Grant McCann sent the home fans into raptures when he struck with two minutes remaining. The result ended Leicester's 100% record in 2013. With a game in hand, Peterborough are only four points from safety.
• Third-from-bottom Barnsley also upset a promotion chasing side, defeating Middlesbrough 3-2 in a topsy-turvy encounter at the Riverside. Barnsley took the lead after six minutes, only to find themselves 2-1 down after 62 minutes, with Boro goals from Mustapha Carayol and Curtis Main. They stuck to the task and two goals in six minutes, from Scott Golbourne and Jason Scotland, gave them the win and mean Middlesbrough are still seeking their first points of 2013 – much to the chagrin of the infuriated home crowd.
• Those wins by the bottom three sides put the pressure on free-falling Wolverhampton Wanderers, who could only manage a 2-2 draw against Leeds United at Molineux. It could have been much worse for Dean Saunders's side, who had taken the lead from a Lee Peltier own goal only to see Leeds race into a 2-1 lead through Luke Varney's first league goal of the season and a Ross McCormack penalty. With time ticking down, Danny Batth stepped up in the second minute of stoppage time to head home his first league goal for the club, and keep Wolves out of the relegation zone on goal difference.
• Cardiff City were unable to extend their lead at the top of the table with a 0-0 draw at Huddersfield Town, Blackburn Rovers rose from 13th to seventh in the table, with a hard-fought 1-0 win at home to Ipswich Town. Jordan Rhodes thought he had scored for the seventh consecutive game, the first Blackburn player to reach that achievement since Eddie Quigley in 1954-55, but in the end the strike was awarded to the Ipswich goalkeeper, Stephen Henderson, leaving the Scot left to celebrate the third win on the trot for Blackburn. And Sheffield Wednesday recovered from two goals down against Derby County to salvage a 2-2 home draw.
• The League leaders, Tranmere, slipped up away to Leyton Orient, losing 2-1. Charlie MacDonald scored his first goal for the club to give Orient a ninth-minute lead, heading home Dean Cox's free-kick from close range. Martin Rowlands missed the chance to double their lead from the penalty spot after Dean Cox was brought down by Ash Taylor, Owain Fon Williams saving his tame effort. He made amends in the 67th minute, a fine 25-yard volley giving the home side a comfortable lead. Tranmere did manage to spark into life, Michael O'Halloran giving the table-toppers 15 minutes to salvage the game when he made it 2-1. Danny Holmes came close in stoppage time but his effort was saved and Orient moved to within five points of the play-off places.
• Second-placed Doncaster Rovers failed to take advantage of Tranmere's stumble as they lost 2-1 at home to Walsall. With 10 minutes to play and the game level at 1-1, Walsall's in-form striker Febian Brandy stepped up to score his fifth goal in eight games. It was Walsall's sixth win in seven, and means they are swiftly closing in on the play-off zone. Doncaster, on the other hand, were left to rue a missed chance of going top – they are level on points with Tranmere but have a game in hand.
• Elsewhere, Portsmouth lost the south-coast derby 2-0, as Bournemouth won comfortably at home leaving them one point off the automatic promotion places. Oldham Athletic boosted their chances of League One survival with a 3-1 win at home against MK Dons, and Chris Kiwomya auditioned for the permanent role as Notts County manager with a 1-1 draw at home to Crewe – keeping them ahead of their opponents on goal difference.
• Port Vale missed the chance to go four points clear at the top on their visit to relegation-threatened Barnet. The home side impressed in the first half but failed to make the breakthrough, with Chris Neal making good saves from Jake Hyde and John Oster. However, Port Vale improved as the game progressed, Tom Pope hitting the post with a header, but neither side could put the ball in the net. It ended 0-0, lifting Barnet out of the relegation zone.
• Vale's draw gave Gillingham the chance to close in on the top and they obliged with a 1-0 away win at League Cup finalists Bradford City. Cody McDonald scored in the 64th minute, moving the visitors to within two points of Port Vale with a game in hand. Bradford are still without a league win in 2013 and have only won once in the league since their famous cup victory against Arsenal in mid-December.
• Near the foot of the table, 21st played 22nd, as Plymouth travelled to Aldershot and sent the home side crashing into the relegation zone with a 2-1 win, courtesy of a first-half double from Jason Banton. Only Wimbledon's failure to win at Chesterfield – they lost 2-0 – kept Aldershot off the bottom of the table.
• Burton Albion moved back into the automatic promotion places thanks to a 2-0 win at fellow promotion-chasers Rotherham. Exeter got back to winning ways with a 3-0 win at Morecambe, with Jamie Cureton scoring twice to secure a club-record 10th away win of the season and put them a point behind Burton. Northampton kept their position in the play-off places with their fifth home win in a row – a hard-fought 3-1 victory against Rochdale.