Kano Pillars now have the NPFL top spot within view after they beat Katsina 3-1 in a Northwest Derby.
Pillars now have 35 points from 21 matches, two points behind Lobi Stars, who have played two games less.
NPFL leading scorer Junior Lokosa scored a brace and provided an assist for Pillars, while Destiny Ashadi pulled a goal back for Katsina United.
League defending champion, Plateau United moved to third place after they beat Nasarawa United 2-1.
They now have 33 points after 20 matches.
Abia Warriors have also climbed up the standings courtesy of a 1-0 win over MFM FC and are now placed eighth with 29 points.
Sunshine Stars eased their relegation fears when they stopped bottom team Heartland 2-1 at home.
Akwa United, Kwara United, FC Ifeanyiubah and Rivers United all recorded away wins against Enugu Rangers, Niger Tornadoes, Yobe Desert Stars and El Kanemi Warriors, respectively.
Niger Tornadoes 1 Kwara United 1
Kano Pillars 3 Katsina United 1
Plateau United 2 Nasarawa United 1
Go Round FC 1 Wikki Tourists 0
El Kanemi Warriors 1 Rivers United 1
MFM FC 0 Abia Warriors 1
Enugu Rangers 0 Akwa United 0
Yobe Desert Stars 1 Fc Ifeanyiubah 1
Sunshine Stars 2 Heartland 1