Republic of Ireland midfielder James McClean fired Stoke City to their first Championship win of the season as a nightmare week ended on a welcome high for the Potters.
McClean was involved in a bust-up with team-mates during their 3-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic on Wednesday night. Frustrations boiled over as a dreadful start under Gary Rowett, which saw Stoke take just two points from four games, took its toll.
McClean was part of an altercation involving goalkeeper Jack Butland and captain Ryan Shawcross, but they responded in the right manner against Hull at the Britannia.
McClean broke the deadlock after nine minutes, drilling home after the visitors failed to clear a corner. Just before the hour Mame Biram Diouf's effort looped into the bottom corner to seal a 2-0 victory. Evandro was sent off for Hull after a dangerous tackle.
Richard Keogh also got on the scoresheet as Derby surged up the table. Strikes from Mason Mount and Ireland defender Keogh completed a 2-0 win against struggling Preston, who included Graham Burke in their starting line-up. The Dubliner was taken off on 68 minutes.
Leeds defied their pink changing room at Carrow Road to return to the top of the table with a crushing 3-0 victory over Norwich.
The Canaries have painted the away dressing room pink in the hope of lowering the testosterone levels of their opponents, but the ploy failed to deter Marcelo Bielsa's men as two first-half goals in six minutes swept them clear.
Mateusz Klich and Ezgjan Alioski pounced to reward Leeds' early dominance before the outstanding Pablo Hernandez added a third in the 67th minute following some individual wizardry from the Spanish playmaker.
United were vulnerable in defence at times but were unstoppable in attack against an overwhelmed Norwich.
Bolton lost ground in the title race after slipping to their first defeat of the season as Sheffield United emerged 3-0 winners at the University of Bolton Stadium.
Mark Duffy, Kieron Freeman and John Fleck were on target in a victory every bit as comprehensive as the scoreline suggests.
Under pressure QPR boss Steve McClaren was thrown a lifeline with a 1-0 victory over Wigan at Loftus Road.
Tomer Hemed's first-half goal secured Rangers' first points of the season following a run of four straight defeats that had rooted them to the foot of the table.
The home side defended well in the face of speculation over McClaren's future, although Wigan had chances to equalise with Chey Dunkley squandering one of them late on.
Sam Baldock salvaged a point against Aston Villa after his 91st-minute header secured an unexpected 1-1 draw for Reading.
Villa lost playmaker Jack Grealish to a first-half injury but that did not prevent them from opening the scoring through Ahmed Elmohamady and they looked comfortable until Baldock intervened.
Andreas Weimann found the net after 31 seconds but that was the only goal as Bristol City prevailed 1-0 at Swansea.
Brentford dropped out of the play off-places after Kasey Palmer gave Blackburn a 1-0 victory at Ewood Park.
Lucas Joao plundered the opener and winner as Sheffield Wednesday overcame Ipswich 2-1. Toto Nsiala equalised for Ipswich only to then be sent off for a foul on Fernando Forestieri.