SHEFFIELD Wednesday sealed all three points in this crunch relegation clash at Hillsborough, beating crisis club Blackburn 3-2.
The away side struck first when Jordan Rhodes, who had scored four goals on this same ground last season for Huddersfield, put his side ahead from the penalty spot.
The former Huddersfield star, recalled today after being on the bench for the 3-0 defeat at Cardiff on Easter Monday, was at the heart of the move that led to the award of the penalty.
He chased a through ball, alongside Miguel Llera and was just inisde the box when the advancing Kirkland punched the ball away from him.
It ran to Dunn and as Kirkland came to meet the midfielder in an attempt to close him down, the keeper brought him down as he went past on the right side of the box.
Kirkland was booked and Rhodes then sent him the wrong way by placing the ball into the bottom left hand corner.
Jermaine Johnson drew the Owls level after 20 minutes, when his left-footed shot found the net.
And seven minutes before half time, the Owls were ahead when Leroy Lita scored from the penalty spot.
Television replays proved inconclusive as to why the penalty was awarded, but initial suggestions suggest it was given for a foul on Reda Johnson.
An end-to-end contest was levelled once more in the second half when Rovers captain Scott Dann made no mistake with a free header.
But fittingly it was that man Johnson who secured all three points for Wednesday -unleashing a stunning drive from over 25 yards out, before being substituted to a standing ovation.