The Latics started well and were denied a first-half opener when Grant Holt's header crashed off the crossbar.
The home side were then dealt a blow as Thomas Rogne was stretchered off, as the first half ended goalless.
The breakthrough came after 52 minutes when Ciftci netted with an impressive strike, which proved to be the only goal of the game.
There was also success for Inverness Caledonian Thistle on their travels as they took on Charlton in the Colin Powell Testimonial.
A band of 132 Caley Thistle supporters made the long journey from the Highlands to the Valley and were rewarded when Josh Meekings grabbed a second-half winner.
St Mirren celebrated a narrow 1-0 victory over Stockport at Edgeley Park when Gary Harkins netted a late winner.
But St Johnstone failed to build on the euphoria of their midweek Europa League qualifying success over Rosenborg when they slumped to defeat against Morecambe.
Marcus Marshall was on target to help himself to a debut goal and secure a 1-0 win for the Shrimps in Perth.
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