Lincoln surrendered a half-time lead as Coventry triumphed 2-1 after a pulsating Sky Bet League Two encounter at a packed Sincil Bank.
Matt Rhead gave the Imps a deserved lead in the 28th minute when he turned home a pinpoint cross from Sean Long.
Having been second best up to that point, Coventry then improved with Lincoln keeper Josh Vickers making three good saves before half-time.
Vickers made another outstanding stop to deny substitute Duckens Nazon, who made a real impact after coming off the bench five minutes into the second half.
Vickers could do nothing as the Sky Blues levelled in the 61st minute when, following a swift counter-attack, the lively Jodi Jones scored with a superb angled drive.
The Imps almost retook the lead straight away when Matt Green's header crashed off the crossbar.
Coventry took the lead for the first time in the 71st minute through Nazon. Jones was denied by Vickers and then the bar but the ball broke to Nazon, who thundered home a low drive from the edge of the box.