Walsall extended their lead at the top to seven points with a 2-1 victory over Notts County, as most of their nearest challengers slipped up.
On-loan Barnsley striker Tommy Wright (pictured) made the perfect start to life at The Bescot Stadium as he fired Walsall ahead after 27 minutes.
Dean Keates then struck on the stroke of half time and, although Ian Ross pulled a goal back for Notts County after 72 minutes, The Saddlers held on for three points.
Lincoln lost ground on Walsall and fell to third as they crashed to a surprise 2-1 defeat at lowly Wrexham.
Mark Jones broke the deadlock for the Welsh side in the 24th minute, before Chris Llewellyn doubled their advantage (44).
Lincoln battled hard in the second half and Mark Stallard's finish (64) gave them hope, but they could not force an equaliser.
Swindon took the opportunity to go second with a last-gasp 2-1 victory over in-form Bury at The County Ground
Paul Scott found the target for The Shakers after 21 minutes, but Christian Roberts levelled for Swindon 13 minutes later and a John Fitzgerald own goal deep into stoppage time gave the home side a cruel win.
On a bad day for most of the top six, Darryl Duffy bagged a brace (24 and 59) as Hartlepool beat high-flying Wycombe 2-0 at home
Darlington also edged out Milton Keynes Dons 1-0 thanks to a Neil Wainwright goal on 38 minutes.
At the bottom, Macclesfield remain 10 points adrift despite holding Stockport to a 1-1 draw at Edgeley Park.
When Kevin McIntyre scored from the penalty spot (42) it seemed as though The Silkmen's long wait for a first league win of the season might finally come to an end, but Adam Proudlock (75) drew County level.
Boston held Hereford to a 1-1 draw, with Jamie Clarke's effort (74) cancelling out Andrew Williams' strike six minutes earlier.
Grimsby cruised past fellow strugglers Accrington with a 2-0 victory at Blundell Park.
Martin Paterson (12) and Gary Jones (56) grabbed the goals to help pull The Mariners away from danger.
Torquay, reportedly set to get a new manager in Lubos Kubik next week, could do nothing to arrest their slump as they were crushed 5-2 at Peterborough.
Lee Mansell (7) did manage to open the scoring for The Gulls, but Shane Huke quickly levelled for Posh (12) and Lee Thorpe netted an own goal (26) to give them a lead.
Ben Futcher (36) then gave Peterborough a two-goal cushion and further strikes from Aaron McClean (59) and Richard Butcher (60) completed the rout, before Jordan Robertson's injury time consolation.
Rochdale collected a vital three points against Mansfield with a comfortable 2-0 win at Spotland.
Chris Dagnall scored his eighth league goal of the season after 24 minutes to set Steve Parkin's side on their way, and John Doolan secured the victory with a second four minutes before half time.
In the day's early game, Shrewsbury came from behind to claim a 2-1 win over rivals Chester.
The Shrews found themselves behind at Gay Meadow after just eight minutes when Gregg Blundell pounced.
Things were level five minutes after the interval when Ben Davies converted.
Then in the final minute David Artell was penalised for a handball and Michael Symes stepped up to slot home the winner from the penalty spot.
Click below for match summaries:
Boston United 1-1 Hereford
Darlington 1-0 MK Dons
Grimsby 2-0 Accrington
Hartlepool 2-0 Wycombe
Peterborough 5-2 Torquay
Rochdale 2-0 Mansfield
Shrewsbury 2-1 Chester
Stockport 1-1 Macclesfield
Swindon 2-1 Bury
Walsall 2-1 Notts County
Wrexham 2-1 Lincoln City