The Iron made it three wins on the bounce under caretaker managers Nick Daws and Andy Dawson, beating Southend 1-0 on Saturday.Paddy Madden netted the only goal of the game early on to secure all three points and keep up United’s winning run.
The result sees the Iron just outside the top half, whereas Southend are now three points adrift of the play-off spots.
Elsewhere in League One, Burton continued their excellent season with a 1-0 win against Chesterfield as Callum Butcher struck the only goal.
Gillingham climbed into second spot thanks to a 2-1 against Barnsley, ending the Tykes’ seven match winning run in the process.
Conor Hourihane had cancelled out Dominic Samuel’s opener, but Bradley Dack pounced shortly after to give the Gills a crucial win.
They leapt above Walsall as they could only manage a 1-1 draw with strugglers Crewe, who remain in the bottom four.
The promotion hopefuls led through Tom Bradshaw, but Brad Inman levelled to extend Crewe’s unbeaten run to five matches.
Fourth placed Wigan were also in action against one of the bottom four, but failed to take advantage as they drew 0-0 with Oldham.
Coventry returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion though as they cruised past Bury in a 6-0 victory, their first success in five games.
Chris Stokes, Baily Cargill, James Maddison and John Fleck all scored, before League One’s top scorer Adam Armstrong added to the score.
Sixth placed Millwall extended their good run of form as Lee Gregory netted the only goal in a 1-0 win at Rochdale.
At the bottom, Colchester remain 24th after suffering a 4-1 defeat at home to Swindon, leaving them eight points from safety and without a win in 16.
Nicky Ajose and Michael Doughty both found the net twice, while Joe Edwards’ goal for the hosts proved to be just a consolation.
Shrewsbury climbed out of the bottom four though, surviving a Blackpool comeback to hold on to a 3-2 victory.
Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Shaun Whalley and Andy Mangan put the visitors 3-0 up after half an hour, with Tom Aldred and Danny Philliskirk pulling back for the hosts.
Fleetwood’s 0-0 draw at Port Vale also helped keep them out of the bottom four, with Chesterfield occupying the final relegation spot.
Meanwhile, Sheffield United claimed the South Yorkshire bragging rights as they beat rivals Doncaster 1-0 thanks to Che Adams’ goal.
Peterborough suffered a 4-0 defeat to Bradford, with James Hanson netting twice and Kyle Reid and Steven Davies also on target.
Next up for the Iron is a trip to inform Millwall on Tuesday evening, but United will be confident after three successive victories.
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