Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Birmingham City 0.
Nottingham Forest kept their Championship play-off hopes alive with a win over struggling Birmingham.
Matt Derbyshire was played through by Jamie Paterson in the second minute and fired in to put the home side ahead.
Forest dominated the first half but failed to add a second as Ben Osborn and David Vaughan shot wide.
The home side were almost punished but a Chris Burke shot was deflected wide and keeper Karl Darlow saved a Paul Robinson header as Forest held on.
The victory ended a run of 12 league games without a win for temporary manager Gary Brazil and moved his side to within three points of the top six.
Forest's remaining three games see them visit Leeds and Bournemouth before a home game against Brighton.
For Birmingham, defeat means they lie just a point above the bottom three, although they have a game in hand on most of their rivals.
The visitors could have little complaint at the defeat by Forest, who took an early lead when Derbyshire slotted past advancing keeper Darren Randolph.
Forest had plenty of chances to extend their advantage but failed to do so as Osborn headed over and sent a shot wide, while Derbyshire and Vaughan also sent strikes narrowly off target.
Birmingham improved after the break and Burke crossed for Nikola Zigic only for the striker to head straight at Darlow.
Burke thought he had equalised when he flashed a shot across goal before a deflection took his effort wide.
From the resulting corner, Darlow excellently turned a Robinson header around the post as Forest won their first league game since 11 February.
Nottingham Forest caretaker boss Gary Brazil: "I said weeks ago that it might not take a massive number of points to get you into sixth place and it is proving to be the case.
"If we can get a win at Elland Road, the last two games are going to be very interesting.
"I am really pleased for everyone at the club because this has been a tough period. To get ourselves a win now gives us some momentum, but we have to carry that on now, on Monday afternoon."
Birmingham manager Lee Clark: "We have to dust ourselves down following this, because we have some huge games coming up.
"We have to go again. We need our senior players to step up to the plate.
"It is in our own hands and we have to look after ourselves. We have to produce the goods. We grasped things better in the second half, but we need to do it for entire games."
- 13FoxBooked at 89mins
- 24VaughanSubstituted forGreeningat 56'minutes
- 12MackieSubstituted forCoxat 82'minutes
- 37PeltierBooked at 19mins
- 27DerbyshireSubstituted forHendersonat 77'minutes
- 29de Vries
- 18HancoxBooked at 20minsSubstituted forMachedaat 60'minutes
- 4RobinsonBooked at 90mins
- 19ZigicSubstituted forLøvenkrandsat 74'minutes
- 27FergusonSubstituted forIbeat 45'minutes
- Mike Jones
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Birmingham City 0.
Attempt missed. Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Peltier with a headed pass.
Offside, Nottingham Forest. Simon Cox tries a through ball, but Jamie Paterson is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Fox.
Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).
Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).
Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).
Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Lee Peltier (Nottingham Forest).
Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Offside, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Paterson tries a through ball, but Darius Henderson is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Peter Løvenkrands (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Simon Cox replaces Jamie Mackie.
Hand ball by Chris Burke (Birmingham City).
Attempt blocked. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.