Aston Villa's hopes of automatic promotion suffered a major blow with a surprise 3-1 defeat at home to QPR that, coupled with wins for Wolves and Cardiff, saw Villa fall seven points off the pace in third.
Luke Freeman added a late third at Villa Park before James Chester got one back for Villa.
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce can't wait to face Sky Bet Championship leaders Wolves on Saturday, saying that a game of this magnitude doesn't require any "build-up" for his players. With hindsight I should have done. "I blame myself because I always thought it would be..."
"It was just the result we needed after Saturday", Doherty said. My experience told me that the third game in a week was too much.More news: NCAA Tournament 2018: Winners and Losers of Day 1
But there was nothing that Jaakkola could do when Wolves finally made their pressure pay off through Doherty, who had also been on target in Wolves 2-0 win against Reading in November.
Matt Doherty put Wolves ahead in the first half and a 58th-minute goal from Benik Afobe increased the hosts' lead before Doherty netted again to seal the points.
The Bluebirds have a tough week ahead with visits to Brentford and Derby County to negotiate, but they need just three points between the two games to ensure they head into the worldwide break with second place still in their grip.
They came back from 1-0 down to win 3-1 at Griffin Park and strengthen their grip on second spot.
Sol Bamba, Callum Paterson and Kenneth Zahore scored after Neal Maupay had opened the scoring for Brentford.More news: Sonia Gandhi hosts dinner for 17 Opposition leaders at 10 Janpath
"We played really well against Wolves who are a very decent team".
"I am under no illusions about that fact but we have given ourselves the opportunity to make further progress".
Burton are in real trouble, having lost 2-0 at Sheffield United.
"Some have said it's the best team there's ever been in the Championship, so for us to win so handsomely was terrific from our boys".
"But, look, they beat us fairly and squarely and things like that you have to take on the chin".More news: Green Bay Packers sign Mo Wilkerson: Free Agency Grade
Swansea City loanee Oli McBurnie celebrated his first Scotland call-up by scoring just before half-time, only for Josh Murphy to equalise.