Tranmere moved level with sixth-placed Swansea after their bid for the Coca-Cola League One play-offs was boosted by a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Northampton.
The point also allows the Cobblers, now led by new manager Stuart Gray, to move to 18th place, two points above the relegation zone.
Striker Scott McGleish had given Town the lead in the 11th minute but, with just three minutes remaining, John Mullin claimed the equaliser, converting the rebound after missing a penalty.
Bournemouth moved out of the bottom four with a 1-0 victory over hapless Brentford, who are rooted to bottom spot with 21 points.
Former England winger Darren Anderton scored the winner after 42 minutes, helping his side to overtake Leyton Orient and Millwall, who have both played fewer games.
In the day's other game Bradford's Steven Schumacher scored the only goal of the game against Port Vale, while Cheltenham's match against league leaders Scunthorpe was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Hartlepool closed the gap on the top four by one point but missed the chance to go level with Swindon after drawing 1-1 with Shrewsbury in Coca-Cola League Two.
James Brown drilled home right-footed in the 35th minute to give United the lead but Danny Wilson's side could not hold on for the three points.
Michael Symes converted Ben Davies' cross 12 minutes from time, lifting Shrewsbury to within two points of the play-offs.
Sixth-placed Wycombe remain in the play-off positions after drawing 1-1 with Rochdale.
Jermaine Easter scored first after 51 minutes, before on-loan Manchester City player Kelvin Etuhu equalised with 10 minutes left on his debut.
Meanwhile, Accrington's 1-0 defeat against Boston means they remain on 26 points - level with second-bottom Macclesfield.
Drewe Broughton scored the game's only goal in the 73rd minute.