Coventry ended a run of three successive defeats courtesy of Michael Doyle's first goal since February last year as Burnley's away problems continued in a 1-0 defeat.
The long-serving midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Leeds and has only been brought into Aidy Boothroyd's XI since injury struck Sammy Clingan, produced a rare moment of class at the Ricoh Arena on a gloomy November afternoon in which the football was not much better.
With just under an hour on the clock, a Sky Blues corner was recycled to Doyle who picked up the ball 25 yards out and took a touch before unloading into Lee Grant's bottom-left corner.
It could have been all so different for Burnley, who remain the only team in the npower Championship yet to win on their travels this term, had nine-goal Chris Iwelumo found the net 60 seconds earlier when put clean through.
Nevertheless, it was only the visitors' second defeat in 12 league games and a morale-boosting one at that for a Coventry side who leapfrog their Lancashire opponents into the top 10.