Aiden McGeady’s stoppage-time penalty salvaged a point for Sunderland at rock-bottom Bolton and eased the pressure on under-fire Black Cats boss Jack Ross.
Thousands of travelling fans had vented their displeasure after the crisis-hit hosts grabbed a 50th-minute lead through defender Jack Hobbs.
Keith Hill’s side, for whom Dennis Politic also hit a post in the first half, looked set to hold out for their first win of the season until Yoan Zouma’s late handball gave McGeady the chance to seal a 1-1 draw.
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With Coventry not playing, Ipswich seized the chance to go top of the table as Kane Vincent-Young’s 32nd-minute header proved enough to give them a 1-0 win at Gillingham.
Michael Appleton will be under no illusions as to the size of his task at Sincil Bank after watching Lincoln get hammered 6-0 at home by his former club Oxford.
Appleton, who was confirmed as the replacement for Danny Cowley on Friday, watched from the stands as Tarique Fosu-Henry hit a hat-trick, while there goals from Jamie Mackie, James Henry and Matty Taylor.
Former Celtic star Henrik Larsson watched Southend grab a 1-0 win at MK Dons amid mounting speculation linking the Swede with the vacant Roots Hall role.
Larsson saw the Shrimpers earn their first win of the season thanks to Charlie Kelman’s goal in the fourth minute.
Wycombe maintained their strong start to the season as Adebayo Akinfenwa’s 82nd-minute penalty gave them a 1-0 win over Portsmouth.
Wycombe’s Nnamdi Ofoborh was sent off in the 54th minute and Pompey’s Ellis Harrison followed three minutes later before Akinfenwa stepped up to settle it after a Tom Naylor handball.
Tranmere staged a dramatic comeback to beat Burton 2-1 after a Lucas Akins penalty had put the visitors in front.
Oliver Banks equalised two minutes into stoppage time from a free-kick and there was still time for Stefan Payne to win it when he headed home from a corner.
Darren Ferguson’s return to his former club Doncaster proved an unhappy one as first-half goals from James Coppinger and Kieran Sadlier gave Rovers a 2-0 win against Peterborough.
Fleetwood came from behind to beat Rochdale 2-1 after falling behind to Rekeil Pyke’s eighth-minute strike.
Danny Andrew levelled matters after 22 minutes and a Ched Evans header three minutes from time took the points for Joey Barton’s men.
Bristol Rovers capitalised on Marcus Forss’ red card to ease to a 3-1 win at still winless AFC Wimbledon.
Forss had put the hosts in front after 20 minutes with a long-range effort, but Abu Ogogo equalised when he headed home Tom Nicols’ 29th-minute cross.