Chris Hughton, the Newcastle United manager, admitted their late fightback to earn a point at Bristol City on Saturday showed the spirit they will require in the promotion run-in.
Goals from Lewin Nyatanga and Nicky Maynard put City 2-0 up at Ashton Gate but strikes inside the final 19 minutes from Jonas Gutierrez and Andy Carroll secured a point for Newcastle and mean they are 10 points clear of third-placed Nottingham Forest with nine games to play.
"Games like this teach you to keep feet firmly on the ground," Hughton said. "There has never been any question about the spirit in our squad and we had to demonstrate it again."
Graham Dorrans inspired West Bromwich Albion in second to a 3-2 win over Preston North End, which keeps them eight points clear of Forest, who were unimpressive in a 1-0 home win over bottom club Peterborough. The Scottish midfielder set up one for Chris Brunt and scored himself with a free-kick. "We are in a good position but as you know, you can lose it very quickly in football," the Albion manager Roberto di Matteo said.
At the bottom, Scunthorpe came from behind to beat fellow strugglers Plymouth 2-1 at Glanford Park, a result which put Crystal Palace, who let slip a two-goal lead in drawing 2-2 at Blackpool, into the bottom three.