The Trotters took a well-needed lead inside the opening five minutes when summer signing Nigel Reo-Coker, who had not scored since September 2008 in more than 70 Premier League games, got a touch off Chris Eagles’ cross into the area to see it roll past Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen and into the back of the net.
Bolton were rocked by the early goal but managed to restore parity prior to half-time when Mohamed Diame produced a sterling finish from outside the area with a curling shot before the Trotters took the lead in stoppage time when David N’Gog slotted home Kevin Davies’ cross from the right.
The contest was up for grabs in the second half and it should have been finished just over 20 minutes from time when the visitors were awarded a penalty but Latics keeper Ali Al Habsi came up with a save from Kevin Davies’ spot-kick only to see Owen Coyle’s men end proceedings in injury time through Eagles who made the most of an Antolin Alcaraz mistake to slot home past Al Habsi.
The victory was Bolton’s second of the season and enabled them to move off the bottom of the table whilst Roberto Martinez’ Wigan fell to 19th with a fifth straight loss.
Yellow cards: WIG - Franco Di Santo 45’, Maynor Figueroa 71’, Gary Caldwell 73’, Antolin Alcaraz 79’
BOL - Darren Pratley 23’, Paul Robinson 63’, Dedryck Boyata 66’, Martin Petrov 82’