Brilliant Barnsley boosted their Championship survival hopes with a fine away win over play-off contenders Reading.
Goals from Stephen Dawson, substitute Reuben Noble-Lazarus and winger Dale Jennings did the trick as the resurgent Reds clinched only their second away league win of the season.
But although victory at the Madjeski Stadium saw Danny Wilson’s side climb off the bottom of the table, fellow relegation-strugglers Charlton Athletic beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 to leave the Reds three points from safety with only nine games remaining.
Pavel Pogrebnyak cancelled out Dawson’s 16th minute opener from the penalty spot after he was felled by Kelvin Etuhu.
But substitute Reuben Noble-Lazarus bagged his first goal since December 2012 with a wonder strike eight minutes after the interval to restore the visitors’ lead. And four minutes later former Bayern Munich winger Jennings hit his second goal of the season with another stunning strike to secure three vital points.
Wilson has not been afraid to make changes this season to shake things up.
The Reds’ boss made four changes to his side which suffered an agonising 1-0 stoppage time defeat to Bournemouth at Oakwell last Saturday. The Reds started brightly and in the third minute Liam Lawrence rifled well wide of the right upright with an ambitious left-foot strike.
Six minutes later Royals keeper Alex McCarthy could only parry a powerful shot from Dawson, before then saving the rebound from Lawrence.
Reds keeper Luke Steele denied Gareth McLeary with a good block, while at the other end Polish winger Cywka had a shot deflected wide for a corner.
A poor back pass from right-back Chris Gunter allowed Chris O’Grady to steal possession in the 16th minute and the striker picked out the unmarked Dubliner Dawson to net with a fine effort.
But Etuhu felled Pogrebnyak to concede a penalty and the striker rifled into the bottom left-hand corner to get the hosts on an even keel.
Jordan Obita had a shot deflected wide as the Reds were given a scare on the half hour mark, but Cywka, Dale Jennings and O’Grady could have all done better with decent opportunities.
Wilson introduced youngster Noble-Lazarus at the break and he had an almost immediate impact scoring with a thunderbolt strike which delighted the 182 away supporters.
And Jennings scored a cracker of his own for good measure as the Reds claimed their first away league win since December 3 last year when they beat Brighton 2-1. It was the first time the Reds have scored three away goals since a 5-3 defeat to Bristol City in February 2013.