Winger Jermaine Johnson scored twice for the Owls, with Leroy Lita also on target as Dave Jones’s side moved out of the bottom three at the expense of perpetual crisis club Rovers.
Jordan Rhodes and Scott Dann were on target for the managerless club, whose defeat was overseen by caretaker Gary Bowyer.
Blackburn were in Premier League mid-table when controversial Indian owners Venky’s took charge, firing Sam Allardyce to replace him with the unpopular Steve Kean.
A season later Kean took them down to the Championship but Venky’s stood by him before sacking the Scot with the club lying second in the division.
Since then two managers have come and gone – including latest victim Michael Appleton – and their descent has continued, with the 1995 Premier League champions now in freefall entirely thanks to the ineptitude of their owners.
Huddersfield also stay out of the bottom three after a 2-2 draw at home to second-bottom Peterborough, while table-proppers Bristol City are on the brink of relegation after losing 3-1 at Burnley.
At the other end of the table, second-placed Hull City narrowly beat Middlesbrough thanks to Robbie Brady’s goal just after the hour mark.
They close the gap on leaders Cardiff to two points, but the Bluebirds play third-placed Watford later on Saturday and have an additional game in hand.
Fourth-placed Crystal Palace were held to a goalless draw by Barnsley, who stay out of the drop zone by a single point.
Nottingham Forest were held to a 1-1 draw by Blackpool, with Lewis McGugan netting a late penalty to keep Forest fifth.
Bolton moved two points shy of the play-offs after early goals from David N’Gog and Marcos Alonso gave them a 2-0 win at home to Wolves, who are just a point ahead of the drop zone.
The Trotters are now just one win away from sixth after Brighton drew 1-1 with Leicester.
Leeds’ troubles continued as a last-minute Jonathan Obika goal saw them go down 2-1 at Charlton, while Birmingham and Millwall drew 1-1 at St Andrew’s.
Carlos Edwards scored a late winner for Ipswich at Derby, meaning Mick McCarthy has guided the Tractor Boys from bottom to mid-table in just over four months.
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