Coventry got back to winning ways and returned to the Championship play-off places after coming from behind to beat Millwall 2-1.
The Sky Blues’ impressive 10-match unbeaten run had been ended by Norwich eight days earlier and the threat of a second defeat in succession lingered for more than an hour after 18-year-old Romain Esse had slammed home for Millwall on only his second league start of the season.
But, in the space of three second-half minutes, Haji Wright coolly rolled in a penalty and then beat Lions goalkeeper Matija Sarkic at his near post to turn the game in the Coventry’s favour.
They move level on points with, but also above of, Sunderland into sixth in the table with 15 games to play, while Millwall stay 18th, with a gap of only four points between themselves and the relegation zone.
How Coventry kept themselves at the heart of the play-off hunt
There was a high tempo at the CBS from the first whistle. Millwall’s George Honeyman forced an important save from Brad Collins inside 35 seconds, while at the other end, Wright’s shot somehow hit the post twice before being cleared.
Twelve minutes in, the Lions – without a win since New Year’s Day – threw the formbook out of the window. Zian Flemming drove into the box off the left flank and, fortuitously, managed to roll the ball along the floor for Esse to bury the opener
The visitors had chances to make it 2-0 as Michael Obafemi connected with Danny McNamara’s pull-back, but failed to make Collins work, and Joe Bryan chested down a poor delivery and arrowed his shot past the right-hand post.
Coventry had their fair share of openings, too. Victor Torp’s dipping free-kick was tipped over by Sarkic and Wright guided a Milan van Ewijk cross over the bar, before Kasey Palmer’s shot, which looked destined for the top-left corner, was blocked by the head of Wes Harding.
By the hour mark, there was no real sign of Millwall’s lead being cancelled out, or extended, for that matter.
That all changed when the hosts were awarded a penalty after Spurs loanee Japhet Tanganga’s clumsy tackle on Wright, who rolled home to equalise with 23 minutes to play.
And the in-form American – who scored just twice in his first 15 games since a summer move from Danish club Sonderjyske – took his tally to five in his last seven by latching onto Callum O’Hare’s pass and tucking a shot past Sarkic, which won the game.
Both teams are back in action on Wednesday February 14.
At 7.45pm, Coventry face Plymouth at Home Park, while slightly later at 8pm, Millwall host Ipswich at The Den.
Both matches will be available to watch live on Sky Sports Football Red Button.