MK Dons are now just two points adrift of fourth-placed Huddersfield in npower League One following a 3-0 home win over Exeter, secured by goals from Mathias Doumbe (17), Charlie MacDonald (27) and Jabo Ibehre (78).
Carlisle stayed within a point of sixth-placed Notts County as they won 4-1 against Bury at Brunton Park.
Giles Coke put the visitors ahead (23) but Liam Noble levelled two minutes later before the Cumbrians stormed ahead through Jordan Cook (78) and a late Lee Miller double, the first a penalty.
Stevenage hit back from 2-0 down with 14 minutes to go to deny lowly Chesterfield an away win.
Neal Trotman (12) and Jordan Bowery (22) gave the Spireites hope but Scott Laird and Craig Reid (76 and 77) earned the Hertfordshire side a point.
A goal in each half from Andrew Williams steered Yeovil to a 2-1 win at Oldham, the west country side's sixth victory in seven league games, while Tranmere won 2-0 at home to Leyton Orient with first-half goals from Andy Robinson (35) and Enoch Showunmi (45).
Third-bottom Wycombe were held goalless at home by Colchester, while Preston could find no way past Scunthorpe at Deepdale and Walsall's home clash with Hartlepool also finished scoreless.