Billy Kee scored the only goal as Burton moved up to within a point of the play-off places with victory over his former club Accrington.
He struck within 10 minutes from inside the box after a good exchange with Calvin Zola.
Stanley almost levelled through on-loan keeper Paul Rachubka's long clearance but Brewers opposite number Dean Lyness tipped it over the bar.
Zola could have doubled Albion's lead but Rachubka denied him.
Stanley had named in-form James Beattie in their starting line-up but had to replace him with Padraig Amond when he suffered an injury in the warm-up.
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Burton Albion assistant manager Kevin Summerfield told BBC Radio Derby:
"There was a lot of resilience there. After the early goal, as is natural, you're going to spend quite a lot of your time defending.
"The elements, the wind didn't help us first half. But at the end of the day it's a clean sheet and three points.
"They concede a lot of goals down their right-hand side, so we told Jacques Maghoma to get at them at every opportunity. First time he got the ball; run him, crossed it, goal."
Accrington manager Leam Richardson told BBC Radio Lancashire:
"We had good possession, got in good areas and perhaps could have been a bit more clinical.
"You don't win football games with possession or with chances on goal - you win them by putting the ball in the back of the net.
"Burton beat us on that score, which is the one that matters."