Ipswich 2 Preston 0
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Town feel they can claim a place in the top six, and are in fourth after a morale-boosting victory.
Goals from Tommy Miller and Ian Westlake sank Preston's challenge, who had kept the game goalless until the 72nd minute.
Miller grabbed the all-important opener turning in from close range after Westlake had shot from outside the box.
Preston had come close through Richard Cresswell, but conceded a second in injury time.
It was Westlake who claimed the goal, his fourth in five games, firing home with his left foot to send the Portman Road crowd home happy.