Match ends, Chesterfield 2, Coventry City 3.
Tony Mowbray secured his first win as Coventry City manager as the Sky Blues boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation from League One.
Marcus Tudgay's header opened the scoring for Coventry, before Jay O'Shea's deflected shot levelled.
Sanmi Odelusi's turned in Grant Ward's cross-shot and Frank Nouble robbed Ritchie Humphreys to make it 3-1.
Chesterfield set up a tense finish when Gboly Ariyibi slotted home and Caolan Lavery nearly levelled with a header.
Chesterfield manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Sheffield:
"We get into the ascendancy in games and then we shoot ourselves in the foot.
"It's important though we still try and play football, so I wont get onto our players but we need to improve our game management.
"The goals were individual mistakes, but I'll give Coventry credit. We struggle to manage games and it will always be our Achilles heel."
Sky Blues manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:
"The pleasing thing for me is that a very young defence withstood most of it, and a young goalkeeper made one or two good saves as well.
"It's good that we're scoring goals now, which gives you a chance to win football matches.
"In our predicament, any win is important. If they keep showing the same determination then we should be OK, but we know it's still a long way to go."
- 23EvattSubstituted forDieseruvweat 84'minutes
- 3JonesSubstituted forHumphreysat 45'minutes
- 24BanksSubstituted forAriyibiat 70'minutes
- 19NoubleSubstituted forJacksonat 90+2'minutes
- 14SamuelSubstituted forOdelusiat 59'minutes
- Dean Whitestone
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Chesterfield 2, Coventry City 3.
Attempt missed. Simeon Jackson (Coventry City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.
Attempt saved. Caolan Lavery (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.
Substitution, Coventry City. Simeon Jackson replaces Frank Nouble.
Hand ball by Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City).
Goal! Chesterfield 2, Coventry City 3. Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gary Roberts.
Attempt saved. Caolan Lavery (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution, Chesterfield. Emmanuel Dieseruvwe replaces Ian Evatt.
Sam Hird (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Frank Nouble (Coventry City).
Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Aaron Martin.
Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Chris Stokes.
Attempt missed. Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.
Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Sanmi Odelusi.
Attempt saved. Caolan Lavery (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Goal! Chesterfield 1, Coventry City 3. Frank Nouble (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Adam Barton.