The win moved them above Ipswich and made them the nearest challengers to runaway leaders Sunderland, who were held at QPR. Francis added: "It's our third double of the season and with 19 league games to go everyone is confident of being in the promotion race. Confidence is sky-high."
Bradford's Paul Jewell celebrated his manager of the month award with another success. A Peter Beagrie goal sealed a 2-1 win at Stockport.
West Brom's Lee Hughes grabbed his 27th goal of the season to help see off Barnsley at the Hawthorns. Shaun Murphy got the first in a 2-0 win. Elsewhere in the division, bottom-placed Crewe staged a tremendous comeback with three goals in the last 10 minutes to beat Norwich 3-2.
Substitute Kevin Street scored twice, including the last-gasp winner, and Mark Rivers got the other as Crewe hit back from first-half goals by Chris Llewellyn and Lee Marshall.Reuse content