Preston's Marnick Vermijl condemns Bolton to defeat in front of Dean Holdsworth
Substitute Marnick Vermijl ensured a losing start to the new Dean Holdsworth era at Bolton with an 86th minute winner to complete a 2-1 Skybet Championship derby win for Preston.
The Wanderers' new chief executive, in control after the Sports Shield consortium finally took control from Eddie Davies in midweek, saw Liam Trotter put the Trotters ahead midway through the first half.
But after the break Jordan Hugill's headed equaliser and Vermeil, nine minutes after joining the action, completed a second-half comeback for Simon Grayson's side.
Certainly, since the drabbest of goalless draws at Deepdale last October, the fortunes of the Lancashire neighbours have taken contrasting routes. Wanderers have won only three Championship games since then while North End's rise up the table has been powered by 10 victories.
A run of three games without victory prior to this match had probably done for Preston's play-off chances but they kicked off 23 points better off than rivals heading for League One.
Preston were almost in front after just 15 seconds with a Calum Woods effort from Adam Reach's cross. Instead the striker's effort grazed the top of Paul Rachubka's crossbar.
And that let-off was magnified when Bolton took the lead with Trotter's 22nd minute goal. Gary Madine had a penalty appeal turned down and Zach Clough missed a great chance with a close range header minutes earlier.
But when Mark Davies squared the ball to Trotter the ex-Millwall midfielder side-footed the opening goal beyond Anders Lindegaard.
Despite seeing their side fall behind, Preston fans joined in 33rd-minute tribute to the 33 fans killed in the Burnden Park disaster 70 years earlier, many waving bowler hats as part of the occasion.
It took until the 57th minute for North End to get back on level terms. Rachubka got a hand to unmarked Hugill's effort but could not keep the ball out in front of 4,400 North End supporters
Hugill's goal from Reach's assist was the first by a North End player against the Trotters since Lee Cartwright 24 years earlier.
Bottom of the table Bolton responded well as Anders Lindegaard saved from Davies and Clough while Davies was convinced he should have had a penalty for a foul by Daniel Johnson.
Referee Paul Tierney remained unmoved and Bolton's season long defensive frailties re-surfaced as Vermeil, possibly with Eoin Doyle applying a final touch, poked the ball beyond Rachubka for the winner.