Bobby Zamora’s first Brighton goal since May 2003 gave Chris Hughton’s side a 2-1 win at Leeds and extended their advantage at the top of the Championship to four points.
The Seagulls lead at Elland Road through Solly March only for Liam Cooper to equalise before the half-time interval.
However, substitute Zamora, who returned to Brighton this summer after leaving for Tottenham 12 years ago, came off the bench to snatch an 89th-minute winner.
Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough started the day in second, yet they drew 0-0 in the north east against Fulham in a meeting between two clubs who had managed 34 goals between them in their 10 previous games.
As they dropped points, Reading, Birmingham and Burnley all joined Boro on 21 points with home victories.
The Royals moved ahead of Boro in second thanks to a 1-0 success over Charlton, Nick Blackman grabbing the winner 14 minutes from time after Patrick Bauer had been dismissed for the visitors.
Gary Rowett’s Blues overcame QPR 2-1 in the midlands, despite falling behind to a goal from Matt Phillips.
Experienced defender Paul Robinson pulled the hosts level and Paul Caddis’ penalty just after the hour earned them all three points.
Andre Gray’s second-half double guided Burnley to a 2-0 success over neighbours Bolton, who slumped to the division’s basement on goal difference.
The ex-Brentford striker took his tally for the season to six in eight games with a brace at Turf Moor as Neil Lennon’s side suffered their fifth defeat of the season.
They sit on eight points and in the relegation zone along with Rotherham and Preston, neither of whom could claim a victory after Bristol City’s win over Nottingham Forest on Friday night which moved them off the foot of the table.
Neil Redfearn’s first game in charge of the Millers ended in a 2-1 loss at Brentford, with Alan Judge scoring a double either side of Joe Mattock, while North End were unable to break down Russell Slade’s Cardiff in a goalless stalemate at Deepdale.
It was also 0-0 between Ipswich and Huddersfield, with ex-Norwich forward James Vaughan dismissed for the visitors late on, while Adam Henley’s 10th-minute sending off cost Blackburn in a 3-0 loss to MK Dons, for whom Ben Reeves struck twice and Simon Church was also on target.
In the lunchtime kick-off Sheffield Wednesday and Hull shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Hillsborough, Abel Hernandez’s second-half strike cancelling out Fernando Forestieri’s opener in South Yorkshire.