The Iron returned to winning ways with a comfortable 3-0 victory over struggling Colchester United at Glanford Park.Tom Hopper and a Paddy Madden brace gave caretaker managers Nick Daws and Andy Dawson a victory at the first attempt.
The win moved United into 15th, but leaves Colchester in the bottom four and seven points from safety.
Elsewhere in League One, Gillingham now lead the division after a 2-1 win at home to play-off hopefuls Peterborough.
Posh led through Erhun Oztumer, but Luke Norris and Bradley Dack completed the turnaround, ensuring the Gills were the only team in the top six to win.
Burton are close behind in second, but squandered a lead to lose 2-1 to Shrewsbury, who climbed out of the bottom four.
Damien McCrory gave them the lead, but Andy Mangan and Shaun Whalley gave the visitors a crucial victory.
There was late heartbreak for Walsall as they conceded late on to drop two points in a 1-1 draw with Blackpool.
It looked like Jason Demetriou’s goal would give the high-flyers the win, but Danny Philliskirk scored a late equaliser.
Wigan missed the chance to close the gap on the top two as they drew 1-1 with Crewe, who remain bottom of the table despite Brad Inman’s equaliser.
Coventry also failed to capitalise as they lost 3-0 to Southend, despite the Shrimpers playing with ten men for half an hour.
Gary Deegan was sent-off at the start of the second half, but a Tyrone Barnett brace and a Jack Payne goal secured a win for Southend.
The final play-off spot is now occupied by Millwall as Aiden O’Brien and Lee Gregory were on target as they beat Chesterfield 2-1.
Sheffield United remain just outside after a 1-1 draw with Swindon, who find themselves just outside the top half.
Billy Sharp continued his excellent run of form to give the Blades the lead, but Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill levelled for the visitors.
At the bottom, Oldham’s poor run continued as Leon Clarke netted the only goal to give local rivals Bury a 1-0 win.
They find themselves in the bottom four with Colchester, Crewe and Fleetwood, who could only manage a 0-0 draw with Doncaster.
Meanwhile, Barnsley continued their great run of results by enjoying an emphatic 6-1 victory against Rochdale, meaning it is four straight wins for the Tykes.
Ex-Iron Sam Winnall grabbed a hat-trick, with Alfie Mawson, Marley Watkins and Kevin Long also on target in their convincing win.
Port Vale and Bradford shared the points after a 1-1 draw, with Jamie Proctor’s debut goal for the visitors earning a point.
Next up for the Iron is a trip to promotion hopefuls Coventry, but United will be in confident mood after their convincing win.
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