Match ends, Burton Albion 1, Ipswich Town 2.
Burton's Championship relegation fears deepened with a home loss against Ipswich who are now almost safe.
The visitors' first came in the 52nd minute when Burton's Luke Varney turned into his own net at a corner.
Freddie Sears doubled Ipswich's lead in the 79th minute before Lukas Akins pulled one back from the penalty spot with four minutes left.
But Ipswich held on and climb to 15th while Burton stay 21st, just two points above the relegation places.
Both sides sensed the importance of three points in an open game but Ipswich were deserved of just their third win in 16 games that moves them nine points above the relegation zone with four games left.
Mick McCarthy's side went ahead in fortunate circumstances with Varney's own goal, but Sears finished a sharp counter-attack at the second attempt for their second.
Myles Kenlock's foul on Varney in the penalty area resulted in a frantic finish and Burton's Lasse Vigen Christensen looped a shot onto crossbar in injury time.
- 9SordellSubstituted forVarneyat 45'minutes
- 28KightlySubstituted forChristensenat 80'minutes
- 12WoodrowSubstituted forAkinsat 80'minutes
- 27LawrenceSubstituted forSmithat 90+2'minutes
- 10McGoldrickSubstituted forPitmanat 85'minutes
- 20SearsBooked at 90mins
- Oliver Langford
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Burton Albion 1, Ipswich Town 2.
Attempt blocked. Luke Varney (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town).
Ben Turner (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Christophe Berra.
Attempt blocked. Lasse Vigen Christensen (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Luke Murphy (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jackson Irvine.
Foul by Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town).
John Brayford (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Ipswich Town. Tommy Smith replaces Tom Lawrence.
Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Cole Skuse.
Attempt saved. Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christophe Berra with a headed pass.
Goal! Burton Albion 1, Ipswich Town 2. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.
Penalty conceded by Myles Kenlock (Ipswich Town) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty Burton Albion. Luke Varney draws a foul in the penalty area.
Substitution, Ipswich Town. Brett Pitman replaces David McGoldrick.
Hand ball by Luke Varney (Burton Albion).
Attempt missed. Tom Flanagan (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen with a cross following a corner.