Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.
Gary Madine scored the only goal as Bolton Wanderers ended a run of 17 games without a win by beating Blackburn Rovers in the Championship.
The striker volleyed in following Dean Moxey's long throw 13 minutes from time to earn Neil Lennon's side only their second league victory of the season.
Madine had earlier seen a shot cleared off the line by Marcus Olsson after Zach Clough hit the post.
Tom Lawrence saw a deflected shot hit the post for Blackburn late on.
Despite that late scare, Bolton held on to claim their first victory since beating Wolves 2-1 on 12 September and, in the process, earn a sixth successive home win over their Lancashire rivals.
Bolton remain bottom of the table going into the new year, but closed the gap on fourth-from bottom Rotherham, who face Fulham on Tuesday, to four points.
The home side should have been in front by half-time but, after Clough turned Moxey's cross against the post, Madine saw his follow-up shot blocked by Olsson.
Blackburn, who have now lost back-to-back games, saw Shane Duffy head wide after the break and were denied a late equaliser when Lawrence's goalbound shot deflected onto the post and back into the arms of home keeper Ben Amos.
Bolton boss Neil Lennon:
"It's been a long time coming. I thought we were good value for the win.
"We had to withstand a little bit of pressure and we got a little bit of luck at the end. We deserved that luck, we haven't any this season whatsoever.
"It's nice to see people walking out of the ground with a smile on their face. It was an important win and important to get a reaction after such a poor performance on Saturday."
Blackburn manager Paul Lambert:
"I knew at the time the Middlesbrough game was off that it was going to have an adverse reaction to us because people have that mindset.
"You're better playing so everyone else is at the same level. I knew the Middlesbrough game being off was a dangerous thing for us - being fresh never really entered my brain.
"We just never did enough to win the game. Since I've been here that's the most disappointing performance."
- 3MoxeyBooked at 55mins
- 6VelaBooked at 59mins
- 21PratleyBooked at 90mins
- 16DaviesBooked at 52mins
- 2HenleySubstituted forTaylorat 88'minutes
- 22DuffyBooked at 74mins
- 14OlssonBooked at 90mins
- 21AkpanBooked at 53mins
- 8KoitaSubstituted forDelfounesoat 45'minutes
- 11RhodesSubstituted forLawrenceat 77'minutes
- Jonathan Moss
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.
Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers).
Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt blocked. Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Taylor.
Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).
Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor replaces Adam Henley.
Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a set piece situation.
Foul by Prince (Bolton Wanderers).
Nathan Delfouneso (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Grant Hanley.
Attempt blocked. Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross.
Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dean Moxey.
Attempt blocked. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by David Wheater.
Foul by Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers).