Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 3, Wigan Athletic 1.
Bolton moved out of the Championship relegation zone by securing a comfortable win against Wigan at the Macron Stadium.
The Latics had the better of the first half as Callum McManaman twice hit the woodwork for the away side.
However, Bolton went ahead after the break as Max Clayton slid in the opener before Craig Davies headed home.
Lee Chung-yong then converted a penalty for Bolton, before McManaman volleyed in a consolation for Wigan.
Neil Lennon's side move up to 18th with 17 points while Wigan, who have won just once since August, drop to 21st and out of the relegation zone only on goal difference.
It will be an especially disappointing defeat for Uwe Rosler after his side had the better chances in the first 45 minutes.
They could have been 2-0 up inside the first 10 minutes as Shaun Maloney volleyed wide from a good position, before McManaman smacked a dipping effort against the crossbar.
Bolton saw plenty of the ball but struggled to make it count, but when Clayton did manage to get through, Wigan keeper Scott Carson was on hand to deny the striker.
The woodwork again came to the home side's rescue just before the break when McManaman struck the post.
However, five minutes into the second half, Bolton took the lead when Lee fed the ball through to Clayton, who coolly slotted the ball through Carson's legs.
Wigan then capitulated as they conceded twice in six minutes, Davies powering home a header before Lee scored from the spot after Matt Mills was fouled.
McManaman got the goal his efforts deserved with a volley, but Bolton closed out the game to record their fifth win of the season.
Bolton boss Neil Lennon: "For the first time in eight, nine weeks we are out of the bottom three and actually looking up the table.
"I think they've put a marker down this week in terms of the level of performances against Wigan and on Tuesday night to show they can certainly play and compete at this level very, very well.
"We've set a benchmark; the game's live on TV across the nation so people are starting to talk about Bolton in a positive way, rather than a negative way.
"That's the first part of the job done."
- 18DannsBooked at 36mins
- 7FeeneySubstituted forSpearingat 89'minutes
- 25BarnettBooked at 61mins
- 14HuwsSubstituted forMcCannat 58'minutesBooked at 86mins
- 29ForshawSubstituted forKvistat 70'minutes
- 10MaloneySubstituted forMcCleanat 58'minutesBooked at 87mins
- Scott Duncan
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 3, Wigan Athletic 1.
Attempt missed. Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Roger Espinoza with a cross following a set piece situation.
Foul by Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers).
Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Hand ball by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).
Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Jay Spearing replaces Liam Feeney.
Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Neil Danns tries a through ball, but Craig Davies is caught offside.
James McClean (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.
Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by James Perch.
Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).
Attempt missed. Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James McClean with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Josh Vela.
Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan Athletic).
Foul by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).
Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).