Cardiff City moved to the top of The Championship courtesy of a 4-1 victory over Luton, while former leaders Birmingham were held to a surprise 2-2 draw against Ipswich at St Andrews.
David Jones' Bluebirds were too strong for a Luton side that had Lewis Emanuel sent off in the 10th minute for a deliberate handball on the line.
Captain Darren Purse stepped up from the spot and duly dispatched with aplomb before midfield dynamo Paul Parry doubled his side's advantage after half an hour with an impressive strike.
Luton, to their credit, battled on as Rowan Vine put them back in the game with a near post finish on the stroke of half-time before Michael Chopra grabbed a clinical brace in the second half - with his latter finish smashed home from substitute Malvin Kamara's delivery.
Birmingham needed an 86th minute left footed drive from David Dunn to rescue a point after twice being behind against an improving Ipswich side.
Alan Lee gave Ipswich a surprise 48th minute lead after capitalising on Dunn's poor touch before DJ Campbell grabbed a leveller and his third of the season from Dunn's delivery.
Simon Walton looked to have grabbed Town a winner twelve minutes from time, in an incident that saw Bruno N'Gotty sent off for an act of violent conduct on Lee - who was upended as he celebrated - only for a busy Dunn to intervene.
Kevin Blackwell remains a manager very much under pressure as Leeds fell to another defeat that renders them firmly lodged in 23rd place.
Although his Leeds side gave their all at Coventry, Stern John's 26th minute neat finish from Jay Tabb's cut-back was enough to give City three points.
Roy Keane marked his first home game in charge of Sunderland with a disappointing 1-1 stalemate with Leicester at The Stadium of Light.
Matty Fryatt gave Leicester an early lead with a curling effort but Sunderland substitute Tobias Hysen stepped from the bench to grab an equaliser in the 66th minute.
Steve Cotterill enjoyed a fine return to Stoke City as Andy Gray's first minute goal was enough to grant Burnley a welcome away day win.
Southend will be delighted with a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns as substitute Matt Harrold earned his side a point with a header from a corner in the 82nd minute.
Baggies striker Nathan Ellington had earlier given his side the lead with a beautiful chip just past the hour mark, while Kevin Phillips will rue striking the post at 1-0.
Barnsley finally kept a clean sheet and also took a maximum haul against Wolves at Oakwell thanks to Marc Richards' tenth minute poked finish.
Colchester continue to settle in The Championship in some style as they recorded a 2-1 victory over basement club QPR at Layer Road.
Chris Iwelumo's third goal in four games in the tenth minute was added to eight minutes later when Richard Garcia smashed home.
The U's were always in control but a Wayne Brown own goal in the 76th minute added consternation to the final stages.
Derby boss Billy Davies had to settle for a point against former club Preston despite taking the lead through a Steve Howard penalty a minute before the break.
The Scot will, though, rue his side's lack of concentration as Danny Pugh was allowed time to pick his spot from 20 yards just seconds before the interval.
Grzegorz Rasiak continued his fine goalscoring form as his sixth goal in seven games in the 52nd minute was enough to earn Southampton a 1-0 win over Plymouth.
Shefki Kuqi came off the bench to grab Crystal Palace a last minute winner against an inconsistent Norwich side at Carrow Road.
Barnsley 1-0 Wolves
Birmingham City 2-2 Ipswich Town
Cardiff City 4-1 Luton Town
Colchester 2-1 Queens Park Rangers
Coventry City 1-0 Leeds United
Derby County 1-1 Preston North End
Norwich City 0-1 Crystal Palace
Southampton 1-0 Plymouth Argyle
Stoke City 0-1 Burnley
Sunderland 1-1 Leicester City
West Bromwich Albion 1-1Southend United