Mark Davies and Nigel Reo-Coker gave Bolton a two-goal lead at the interval and despite Yakubu throwing Blackburn a lifeline after the break, Bolton held on for a vital win in this relegation "6-pointer".
Elsewhere, Wolves twice came from behind to salvage a draw against Norwich and edge two points clear of the relegation zone on 15 points while Norwich are well positioned in 9th place with 21 points.
FINAL RESULTS :
Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Bolton Wanderers
Wolverhampton 2-2 Norwich City
English Premier League - Bottom Five