Tommy Smith turned from villain to hero as Ipswich saw off 10-man Leeds.
Jake Livermore slotted a perfect pass through to Jason Scotland who rounded Shane Higgs and converted.
But when Smith and Gareth McAuley both jumped for the same ball, Leeds won possession and the ball was played out to Robert Snodgrass, who equalised.
Leeds lost the initiative when Alex Bruce was sent off for a second yellow, and an unmarked Smith won it when converting Carlos Edwards' cross.
Smith was never meant to start the game, but got his chance when Darren O'Dea was injured in the warm-up.
Meanwhile, having seen a 4-1 lead turn into a 6-4 defeat against Preston on Tuesday, Leeds manager Simon Grayson had made four changes to his own team.
Neil Kilkenny, one of those recalled by Grayson, failed to get a good connection to a Snodgrass cross early on and Davide Somma narrowly failed to nip in to capitalise on a scramble as Leeds applied some early pressure.
The visitors fell behind to Scotland's goal, and the former Wigan man looked to add a quick second but dragged a low drive wide.
He definitely should have scored his second when slicing over from six yards, while Bradley Johnson wasted a chance for Leeds when he carelessly fired an edge-of-the-area free-kick over.
Scotland was made to pay for his missed chances when Leeds equalised, Davide Somma and Sanchez Watt involved in the move that set up Snodgrass.
But in the end it was Ipswich who celebrated a win that leaves them fifth in the table.
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Saturday, 2 October 2010
23 Eastman (Priskin 52)
06 Leadbitter yellow card
07 Edwards (Brown 84)
10 Scotland (Wickham 81)
12 Higgs (Brown 62)
04 Bruce two yellow cards, red card
05 Collins yellow card
06 Naylor yellow card
08 Kilkenny (Watt 74)
16 Johnson (Becchio 74)
Ref: HillAtt: 23,105
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+5:34 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
90:00+4:42 The ball is crossed by Andros Townsend, save by Jason Brown.
90:00+4:08 Grant Leadbitter takes the free kick.
90:00+4:08 Booking Neill Collins receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
90:00+4:02 Neill Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Connor Wickham.
90:00+3:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Amdy Faye by Connor Wickham. Jason Brown takes the direct free kick.
90:00+1:45 George McCartney fouled by Jaime Peters, the ref awards a free kick. Jason Brown takes the free kick.
90:00+1:15 Effort from deep inside the area by Andros Townsend misses to the right of the goal.
90:00+0:05 Gareth McAuley fouled by Luciano Becchio, the ref awards a free kick. Marton Fulop takes the direct free kick.
87:54 The free kick is delivered left-footed by Sanchez Watt from left channel, clearance by Gareth McAuley.
87:54 Booking Grant Leadbitter receives a yellow card.
87:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Leadbitter on Davide Somma.
86:55 Grant Leadbitter delivers the ball, Sanchez Watt makes a clearance.
86:25 Corner taken right-footed by Grant Leadbitter.
85:34 Shot by Connor Wickham. Jason Brown makes a save. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Grant Leadbitter from the left by-line.
85:07 The ball is swung over by Davide Somma.
83:43 The ball is delivered by George McCartney, Mark Kennedy manages to make a clearance.
83:18 Substitution (Ipswich) makes a substitution, with Troy Brown coming on for Carlos Edwards.
82:13 Assist by Carlos Edwards.
82:13 GOAL - Tommy Smith:Ipswich 2 - 1 Leeds United Tommy Smith finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Ipswich 2-1 Leeds.
82:11 Carlos Edwards delivers the ball,
81:16 Corner taken by Grant Leadbitter from the right by-line, clearance made by Jonathan Howson.
80:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Brown by Gareth McAuley. Jason Brown restarts play with the free kick.
80:19 Substitution Jason Scotland leaves the field to be replaced by Connor Wickham.
78:36 Free kick crossed right-footed by Grant Leadbitter from left wing, clearance by Jonathan Howson.
78:36 Sent off The referee shows Alex Bruce a red card.
78:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andros Townsend by Alex Bruce.
77:12 Andros Townsend takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
76:08 Assist on the goal came from Sanchez Watt.
76:08 GOAL - Robert Snodgrass:Ipswich 1 - 1 Leeds United Robert Snodgrass finds the net with a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Ipswich 1-1 Leeds.
73:12 Substitution (Leeds) makes a substitution, with Sanchez Watt coming on for Neil Kilkenny.
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