Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Derby County 3.
Derby County came from behind to win away from home for the first time in the Championship this season against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.
Rovers were ahead in the opening minute, former Leicester midfielder Ben Marshall scoring from distance.
Derby led by the interval, Jamie Ward equalising from close range before Will Hughes netted from 18 yards.
Ward curled a left-footed effort into the far corner to make it 3-1 before Rudy Gestede's consolation.
Steve McClaren's side move up to seventh in the table, four points behind second-placed Norwich.
In contrast, Blackburn first home defeat of the campaign leaves them down in 13th spot.
There was no sign of what was to come when Marshall sent the ball looping up off Richard Keogh's sliding block and beyond goalkeeper Lee Grant.
But the visitors were level in the ninth minute, Northern Ireland international Ward blazing into the roof of the net from close range after Craig Bryson's effort fell into his path.
Ward turned provider when he teed up Hughes to finish with his left foot to make it 2-1 eight minutes before the interval.
And Ward capped a fine display when he curled a left-footed effort into the far corner to give the Rams a two-goal cushion.
Gestede set up a grandstand finish after poking the ball past Grant at the near post 12 minutes from time.
Rovers came inches away from a late leveller, Gestede's downward header being turned on to the woodwork by substitute Omar Mascarell in stoppage time.
Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:
"I thought we were outstanding. Steve McClaren is running up and down the technical area with five minutes to go.
"The sense of relief from their bench and their players just shows the amount of pressure we put them under.
"We've had a right good go and we've been excellent."
Derby manager Steve McClaren:
"I think we deserved the result. It would have been a travesty if they had equalised.
"Last year we drew against Birmingham 3-3 when 3-1 up, but we've hung on and got the points and it's a big win.
"This league is tough, it's really hard. There's so many teams now who see us as big fish and are approaching it differently to stop us playing,"
- 4KilgallonSubstituted forVarneyat 89'minutes
- 29EvansSubstituted forDuffyat 90'minutes
- 32ConwaySubstituted forTunnicliffeat 65'minutes
- 14EustaceBooked at 52mins
- 19HughesSubstituted forMascarellat 82'minutes
- 10WardBooked at 45minsSubstituted forRussellat 73'minutes
- 7DawkinsSubstituted forIbeat 74'minutes
- David Webb
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Derby County 3.
Attempt missed. Jordon Ibe (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Bryson.
Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).
Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Shane Duffy.
Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Omar Mascarell.
Attempt blocked. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.
Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Shane Duffy replaces Corry Evans.
Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Lee Grant.
Attempt saved. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.
Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Luke Varney replaces Matthew Kilgallon.
Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.
Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Rudy Gestede.
Attempt missed. Jordon Ibe (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Grant.
Substitution, Derby County. Omar Mascarell replaces Will Hughes.
Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers).
Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Corry Evans.