Substitute Ricardo Gardner scored one and set up another as Bolton moved out of the Premier League's bottom three in the 2-0 home win over local rivals Manchester City.
"We played very well. We competed well and kept a clean sheet. We scored the first goal and then City came out and it opened up for us," said Wanderers boss Gary Megson.
"We have won for the first time in a long time.
"We're out of the bottom three but we need to keep scoring goals if we are to continue climbing the table."