Last Updated: Sat, 27 Apr 2013 20:22
Grant McCann's superb free-kick helped Peterborough move out of the relegation zone as they beat fellow relegation battlers Sheffield Wednesday 1-0.
McCann curled in a brilliant effort from 30 yards to settle a scrappy game that saw Posh move above Barnsley on goal difference.
Dave Jones' Owls are just a point further ahead in the table, setting up a dramatic final day in the npower Championship.
Posh's Nathanial Mendez-Laing was denied a tap-in in the 22nd minute as Danny Pugh stretched to take the ball off his head and divert away for a corner before Michael Bostwick blazed a free-kick over.
It took Jones' side 27 minutes to test Robert Olejnik - Giles Coke's sweetly-struck effort beaten away by the Austrian goalkeeper. Wednesday caused problems from the following set-pieces and, after the Lions failed to clear a free-kick the ball fell for Seyi Olofinjana but his shot was blocked by Gabriel Zakuani.
Anthony Gardner should have given the Owls a half-time lead when he stole in at the far post to get his head to Danny Pugh's corner but could only divert the ball into the side-netting from point-blank range.
Posh wanted a penalty in the 49th minute when Dwight Gayle's shot appeared to strike Miguel Llera's hand but referee Nigel Miller adjudged it to be accidental. Llera was then involved in the action at the other end as he knocked down for Howard but the on-loan striker's scuffed shot was easy for Olejnik to gather.
It was a game lacking in quality but that changed in the 64th minute as McCann stuck his free-kick in off the post to give Posh the lead.Wednesday should have been level two minutes later when hesitation between Olejnik and Zakuani allowed substitute Chris Maguire in but the striker blazed his effort over the bar.
Tomlin was denied from the left when Kirkland saved well at his near post before he got on the end of a Mendez-Laing flick but his shot flew narrowly wide of the target.
The Owls wasted a glorious chance when the ball fell for Leroy Lita close to the penalty spot and after his first effort was parried by Olejnik the striker fired the rebound over. Lewis Buxton went within inches of an equaliser in the 87th minute when his looping cross grazed the far post, before Gardner headed wide from a corner as the game entered five minutes of stoppage-time.
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