A last-minute goal saw Derby County drop two points and Notts County dropped back into the relegation zone on a tough day for the two sides in the league.
Manchester United loanee Frederico Macheda popped up with a last-minute strike for as Birmingham City came back from 3-1 down to snatch a 3-3 draw against the promotion-chasing Rams.
It was a chance for Derby to move within a whisker of the automatic promotion places - and pull clear of some of their closest rivals, including Nottingham Forest, who were without a game having played two days earlier.
Although Howard scored after 48 minutes to put the home side in front at St Andrews, just 60 seconds later the visitors were level through Bamford (49’).
Then, strikes from Bamford on 59 and Forsyth on 73 appeared to put the East Midlanders in the box seat.
But just five minutes later the Blues were given a lifeline through Burke and their comeback was complete with the late strike from Macheda.
As for the Magpies, they battled hard against a high-flying Preston outfit and held out until the 65th minute in a clash where North End had 26 shots on goal and 14 on target against their home fans.
Notts’ resilience was finally broken when Davies fired in and they cemented the points on 71 minutes when Andre Boucaud felled Joe Garner in the area and the same player dusted himself fown to slot home the spot-kick.
A tough day at the office for relegation-threatened Notts, who only hit the target once all afternoon.