Derby remain bottom of the Sky Bet Championship after joint interim manager Wayne Rooney saw his side beaten 3-0 at Middlesbrough.
Britt Assombalonga put the Teessiders into the lead with a close-range effort after 33 minutes.
The Rams – on the search for a new permanent boss following the departure of Dutchman Phillip Cocu – fell further behind when defender Matthew Clarke diverted a cross into his own net after 71 minutes.
Substitute Marvin Johnson curled in a late third for the home side, who move to seventh, two points off the top six.
A fourth straight loss for Derby, meanwhile, leaves them now six points from safety.
Swansea drew 1-1 at home with Sheffield Wednesday, who had to change goalkeepers after only 13 minutes following an apparent groin injury to Republic of Ireland international Keiren Westwood.
The 36-year-old hadn't played for the club for a year until Tony Pulis took over earlier this month and reinstated him as number one.
Adam Reach put the Owls ahead on 27 minutes from a corner.
However, a curled equaliser from substitute Andre Ayew on the hour saw the points shared.
Swansea move to fourth, now three points behind second-placed Bournemouth.
Former leaders Reading ended their four-match losing run with a 1-1 draw at Millwall.
Jed Wallace broke the deadlock with a fine free-kick into the top corner during first-half stoppage time, after Ireland striker Troy Parrott was fouled.
Lucas Joao equalised with a low finish after 53 minutes which proved enough to secure a welcome point for the Royals, who are sixth.
Bristol City and Watford missed the chance to close up on their promotion rivals after playing out a goalless draw at Ashton Gate.
The Hornets almost snatched a late winner, but goalkeeper Daniel Bentley was able to push Domingos Quina's fierce shot over the crossbar.
Coventry pulled clear of the bottom three after a 1-0 win over Cardiff.
The visitors had a goal disallowed before Tyler Walker grabbed the crucial breakthrough on 54 minutes after he capitalised on some poor defending.