After a goalless first half Carl Winchester scored his first of the season with a curling 20-yard shot before Liam Kelly’s precise free-kick secured the points for the Latics.
The visitors sit second in League One, 15 places higher than the Latics, although the home side have momentum on their side having won two games in the past week.
The 2013-2014 season will go down as one of the most memorable in Rochdale’s history. Here’s five crucial matches.
‘I never wanted anything more in my life’: Rochdale’s Joe Rafferty desperate for League Two promotion
Dale take on play-off hopefuls York City on Saturday at Spotland and currently sit top of the table with six games remaining
League Two pacesetters Dale draw 0-0 draw at rivals Fleetwood Town to sit two points clear
Rochdale are the ‘Liverpool of League Two’, says defender Joe Rafferty ahead of Fleetwood Town battle
League Two pacesetters Rochdale nine points clear of fourth-placed Fleetwood
Dreams can come true: FC United defender finally makes grade… nine years after Old Trafford rejection
New Fleetwood Town signing Tom Davies had spells at Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers as a child.
Keith Hill admits he’s just a little ‘bitter and twisted’ as Rochdale slip further down League Two table
‘Dale down to eighth after 2-1 defeat
‘Dale take on Fleetwood Town
Turbulent times: Bury face overhaul as driving force Steven Schumacher heads Gigg Lane summer exodus
The Shakers are searching for new investors
Rochdale boss Keith Hill praises supporters for helping team rise from relegation ahead of Southend clash
Manager optimistic about chances after back-to-back wins