Brentford missed the chance to move into the Championship’s automatic promotion places as their eight match winning run came to an end with a 1-0 defeat at Stoke.
Avoiding defeat would have seen the Bees replace West Bromwich Albion in second spot ahead of Wednesday’s final round of fixtures.
But Lee Gregory’s close range finish in the 38th minute, on the follow-up after David Raya parried an effort by Sam Clucas, proved the only goal of the game.
In the day’s other early kick off, Macauley Bonne’s stoppage time equaliser boosted Charlton Athletic’s survival hopes as the Addicks drew 2-2 with Wigan Athletic.
Jamal Lowe gave Wigan a ninth minute lead before Alfie Doughty’s fine volley restored parity two minutes later.
Kieran Dowell then put the administration-hit Latics back in front before Bonne netted late on to ensure survival remains in their hands.
Meanwhile, Millwall saw their hopes of claiming a Play-Off berth come to an end after losing 4-3 to QPR in an action-packed clash at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
After Conor Masterson’s first career goal put the hosts ahead just before the break, Matt Smith hauled Millwall level four minutes into the second half.
The Hoops responded with goals from Ryan Manning and Ebere Eze before Shaun Hutchinson reduced the deficit.
Todd Kane made it 4-2 with a 72nd minute diving header and there was late drama after Jayson Molumby’s shot deflected in off QPR defender Yoann Barbet deep into injury time to make it 4-3.
And finally, Fulham kept their automatic promotion hopes alive with a turbulent 5-3 win over Sheffield Wednesday.
Aleksandar Mitrovic and Neeskens Kebano both scored twice but Atdhe Nuhui’s double and Jacob Murphy’s effort for Sheffield Wednesday set up a needlessly tense finish.
However, Bobby Reid’s stoppage time strike finally sealed a vital Craven Cottage victory for Scott Parker’s men.