Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cotterill hailed his side's fighting spirit after two goals in the last seven minutes earned them a dramatic 3-2 victory and sent Ipswich reeling to their fourth successive defeat.

Ipswich had led 2-1 heading into the final stages following a brace from Danny Collins, but Forest drew level through Joel Lynch and then Marcus Tudgay struck a stoppage-time winner for the home side. Earlier, Robbie Findley had netted just before half-time as Forest were twice forced to come from behind before Tudgay's late decider.

Cotterill said afterwards: "The stats show that when you score the first goal in this league 82 per cent of the time you don't lose. The stats are huge. I told the players afterwards not to under-estimate what they have achieved."

He added: "It was a game we deserved to win. Our team spirit, togetherness and belief were superb and on top of that we worked really hard. When we got back to 2-2 it would have been easy for us to close shop but when you have more than 21,000 cheering you on, we had no option but to go on and try and win it.

"That's what we did and the fans deserve credit for the way they pushed us on in the final minutes of the game. It was a team effort all round. They deserve a big thank you too."

Ipswich had taken the lead against the run of play when Collins headed home a free-kick by Aaron Cresswell but Forest were level when the visitors failed to deal with a Lewis McGugan set-piece and when the ball dropped for Findley, the American produced a sharp finish.

Collins headed Ipswich back in front with a diving header from Jimmy Bullard's corner and that's the way it stayed until Forest, pepped up by Andy Reid's introduction, turned the game on its head.

Lynch netted his first goal for Forest and only his third senior effort when he headed in from Reid's cross and, in the first minute of added time, Tudgay gave Forest victory when Greg Cunningham's cross was flicked on for him to nod home at the far post.

Ipswich boss Paul Jewell said: "Immediately after a game you always stand a chance of saying something that you will regret but certain things had to be said afterwards and I said them.

"At 2-1 we should have been able to see the game out but we were trying to do fancy things when we needed to take the sensible option and just close it out. We conceded three bad goals from our point of view but I suppose Forest will look at the goals we scored and think exactly the same.