Sheffield Wednesday responded in excellent fashion after being hit for six at Reading in midweek as they drew 0-0 with Ipswich at Hillsborough.
Only the crossbar denied Wednesday a half-time lead as Marcus Tudgay's eighth-minute shot thudded back.
But the visitors also hit the woodwork, David Norris' shot pushed on to the crossbar in fine style by Owls goalkeeper Lee Grant.
Neither side built any sustained momentum in a disappointing second half, but Ipswich came close to taking the lead when Norris fired in a shot from 12 yards, but Grant pulled off another excellent save.
Francis Jeffers made another late appearance off the substitutes' bench for the Owls against one of his former clubs as he continues his comeback from a long-term ankle injury.
Ipswich finished the stronger and Grant saved well again from Norris late on.