Derby's remarkable bid to avoid relegation from the Sky Bet Championship received another welcome boost as Wayne Rooney’s side beat Hull 3-1 at Pride Park.
Craig Forsyth’s header in the 19th minute put the home side in front and Tom Lawrence doubled the lead before the break turning provider for Republic of Ireland U21 winger Festy Ebosele to make it 3-0 two minutes into the second half.
Forsyth’s own goal in the 65th minute gave Hull a glimmer of hope, but the Rams ran out deserved winners to move within four points of safety.
Aleksandar Mitrovic took his goal tally in this season's league to 30 as Fulham beat Millwall 3-0 to move eight points clear at the top of the table.
Mitrovic opened the scoring in the 29th minute and doubled the home side’s lead shortly after the interval by firing in the rebound after Harry Wilson’s shot had been saved.
Bobby Decordova-Reid rounded off the scoring in the closing minutes as Marco Silva’s side extended their cushion over nearest rivals Blackburn.
Luton are outside the play-off places on goal difference following a 2-1 win over bottom side Barnsley.
Allan Campbell’s opener was cancelled out by Carlton Morris on the stroke of half-time, but Brad Collins brought down Fred Onyedinma in the area on the hour mark and Elijah Adebayo converted the resulting penalty.
Stoke moved to within three points of the play-off places with a 3-0 win over 10-man Swansea.
Jaden Philogene-Bidace celebrated his 20th birthday with the opener just two minutes into the second half and Lewis Baker made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after Swansea defender Ryan Bennett was sent off for handling the ball on the line.
Jacob Brown completed the scoring 10 minutes from time.
Coventry and Blackpool remain in mid-table following a 1-1 draw, Gary Madine's 24th-minute opener for the visitors cancelled out by Viktor Gyokeres shortly before the interval.