The Shakers were beaten 2-0 by a strong Wigan Athletic side that rise into the automatic promotion places.
Wigan opened the scoring in the 26th minute as Nick Powell poked in from close range after the Shakers had dominated early proceedings.
Chey Dunkley’s bullet header beat a helpless Connor Ripley to double the lead and secure all three points for the away side.
Ryan Lowe made three changes to his side ahead of the game: Ryan Cooney, Stephen Dawson, and Neil Danns came into the side following last week’s defeat at MK Dons. Cooney’s selection in the starting line-up meant the 18-year-old started his first senior league game for the Shakers.
Former Bury striker James Vaughan returned to the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane with a Wigan side full of confidence and fighting for promotion.
Nathan Cameron’s front post header was the closest either team came from finding the target in the first 15 minutes of the game. The Shakers centre-back beat his man to the header, but he was unable to divert the ball goalward as it crossed the face of goal and dipped inches wide of the right-hand post.
On 21 minutes, Lowe’s side worked an opening in the final third as Jay O’Shea opted to lay off Dawson rather than go alone, but the latter’s shot from the edge of the penalty area flew over the crossbar.
Five minutes later, and against the run of play, the visitors found the back of the net through former Manchester United man Powell. Michael Jacobs’ delivery from the left flank found Powell waiting inside the penalty area before he poked the ball into the goal without any hesitation.
Peter Clarke’s back-pass to Connor Ripley fell short of the initial target on the 37th minute as Vaughan rushed to intercept, but a combined effort from Clarke, Cameron, and Ripley prevented Vaughan and Powell from doubling the lead.
With one minute left on the clock before the half-time whistle, the away side countered through a patient Powell who picked out Jay Fulton 18 yards out, however, his shot was beaten away by a commanding Ripley.
HT: Bury 0 - Wigan Athletic 1
The visitors eventually doubled the lead six minutes after the break, centre-back Dunkley headed in a perfect deep corner from Max Power in front of the travelling supporters.
O’Shea went on a mazy solo run into the visitors' penalty area, beating two defenders in the process, but his shot was parried away at the front post by former Shakers goalkeeper Christian Walton.
Vaughan found the back of the net after 64 minutes with a close-range tap-in, but the assistant referee intervened to give offside.
The last 20 minutes of the game lacked any real chances with the visitors seeing out an important win.
Next up for the Shakers is a trip to Bristol Rovers in six days’ time as they will be hoping for a Good Friday in the West Country.
FT: Bury 0 - Wigan Athletic 2
Attendance: 5,207 (2,040 travelling supporters)
Bury: Ripley, Cooney, Clarke, Cameron, Leigh, Mayor (Maguire 72), Dawson (Styles 63), Danns, Bunn, O’Shea (Hanson 77), Miller
Unused subs: Murphy, Thompson, Dai, Ince
Wigan Athletic: Walton, Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, Elder, Power, Powell (Perkins 69), Colclough (Massey 85), Fulton (Roberts 63), Jacobs, Vaughan
Unused subs: Jones, Grigg, Cole, Bruce