MK Dons have closed to within a point of League One leaders Bristol City after a 7-0 victory over Oldham Athletic.
Will Grigg and Dean Bowditch gave Karl Robinson's men total control before half time and the game was over as a contest within six minutes of the restart as Grigg netted his second and Darren Potter joined the party at Stadium MK.
Swindon Town missed the opportunity to leapfrog the leaders after they lost at home to Doncaster Rovers thanks a first-half penalty from Theo Robinson. The result sees the Robins drop out of the automatic promotion places.
Preston North End are also within a point of the League One summit after a solitary Jermaine Beckford goal saw them to a sixth consecutive away victory over Peterborough United at London Road, extending Posh's miserable recent run.
Tom Bradshaw's 11th goal of the season gave Walsall a point against League Cup semi-finalists Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, although the Blades remain in the playoff places.
Colchester United ended a run of five successive defeats as Craig Eastmond's late goal saw the Essex club beat fellow strugglers Yeovil Town at Huish Park.
However, the Tykes played the final 17 minutes with 10 men after Ross Turnbull was sent off for handling the ball outside his area.
Results in full: Barnsley 2-0 Leyton Orient, Bradford City 1–1 Scunthorpe Utd, Coventry City 1–1 Fleetwood Town, Crawley Town 1–2 Port Vale, Crewe Alexandra 1–0 Bristol City, Gillingham 2–3 Chesterfield, MK Dons 7–0 Oldham Athletic, Peterborough United 0–1 Preston North End, Rochdale 2–2 Notts County, Sheffield United 1–1 Walsall, Swindon Town 0–1 Doncaster Rovers, Yeovil Town 0–1 Colchester United