It wasn’t a pretty performance by Wigan Athletic but it was an important victory as they moved back into the automatic promotion places.
Bottom of the table Bury had the better of the opening exchanges but Latics went ahead against the run of play when Michael Jacobs’ cross was converted by Nick Powell.
Latics might have increased their lead before the interval when Jacobs had an effort cleared off the line and Jay Fulton’s drive was saved by Connor Ripley.
But the visitors did increase their lead early in the second-half when Chey Dunkley rose highest at the back post to head home from Max Power’s corner.
The Shakers battled to the end but lacked any real conviction in the final third and it was Latics who nearly added to their lead when James Vaughan flicked Nathan Byrne’s low drive into the net although it was ruled out for offside.
Latics move up to second in the table and are just one point behind leaders Shrewsbury with two games in hand. Blackburn slip to third, one point behind Latics who also have a game in hand on them.
Paul Cook retained the same line-up that had defeated Walsall with captain Sam Morsy still on international duty.
On a pitch more akin to a beach Latics started slowly and it was the Shakers who had the early possession and they threatened when Nathan Cameron headed wide of the target from a Harry Bunn corner.
But against the run of play Latics went ahead on 26 minutes when Ryan Colclough fed Michael Jacobs out wide on the left and he cut the ball back to Powell who found the net from close range.
Latics surged forward now and they might have had a second when Powell headed over the crossbar at the back post from a Power corner.
The hard working James Vaughan then charged to block keeper Ripley’s clearance and the ball broke free to Powell who took the ball to the byline and cut it back to Jacobs but his tame effort was cleared off the line by a defender.
At the other end Christian Walton made an excellent save low down at his near post to deny Neil Danns powerful goal bound drive.
1-0 at the interval but Latics took firm control on 50 minutes when Dunkley headed home at the back post following Power’s corner.
Walton was again called into action by Jay O’Shea as the match hit the hour mark, but it was Latics who were looking the more dangerous.
They looked to have added a third soon afterwards when Nathan Byrne’s shot was deflected into the net by Vaughan but the linesman ruled it out for offside.
The Shakers kept plugging away to try and get something from the game but in truth Latics had not really got out of third gear and they still had enough to comfortably secure all three points.
It had not been one of Latics’ best performances but it was still an effective one and the players received rapturous applause from the 2,000 travelling Wiganers at the end.