A Chris O'Grady brace helped Sheffield Wednesday on their way to a well deserved win at struggling Scunthorpe.
O'Grady got the Owls off to the perfect start when he fired home in the first minute, before grabbing his second by powering in Chris Lines's corner.
Jermaine Johnson then made it three when he took on several Scunthorpe defenders before smashing into the net.
The Iron reduced the deficit through a Jordan Robertson header but they could not find a way back.
O'Grady may have had a hat-trick but his powerful drive was kept out by a fine fingertip save from home keeper Sam Slocombe.
Wednesday move level on points with second-placed Huddersfield following the win, whilst Scunthorpe stay just one point above the relegation zone.
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Scunthorpe United boss Alan Knill told BBC Radio Humberside:
"We're obviously disappointed and to be honest we beat ourselves.
"We gave Sheffield Wednesday three goals and it was a struggle.
"The first two goals we conceded in the first half were a joke really."
Sheffield Wednesday manager Gary Megson told BBC Radio Sheffield:
"I'm delighted. There was a lot of big positives there for us - not least Chris O'Grady's performance and the fact he got two goals.
"JJ (Jermaine Johnson) is looking much better and more responsible and has got that capability of doing things at this level that most people can't.
"People are calling it a must win even though there are 20 games to go and we've won it in front of a fantastic crowd."