Notts County midfielder Andre Boucaud scored his first goal in more than a year on Saturday helping the Magpies extend their unbeaten away run to 14 games.
The home side looked threatening in the early stages and former Nottingham Forest striker David McGoldrick did well to thread a ball to John Fleck who saw his effort stopped by the legs of County keeper Bartosz Bialkowski.
However, Keith Curle’s side were dangerous too and came close themselves when Jamal Campbell-Ryce worked his way past three Sky Blues’ players down the right before powering a shot inches wide of the bottom-left corner.
Eventually it was Boucaud who found the net just before the interval when County forward Francois Zoko teed up the Luton Town loanee in acres of space 30-yards from goal to strike a low-effort into the bottom-right corner of the goal.
After the half-time break Notts had reaped confidence from their goal and began well. Zoko tested Coventry keeper Joe Murphy with a rasping shot from 20-yards that the former Scunthorpe man beat away well.
But the hosts failed to hold on much longer and French forward Yoann Arquin doubled the lead for the Magpies six minutes from time when Jeff Hughes squared the ball to the striker who rifled home inside Murphy’s left-hand post from 25-yards.
Mark Robins’ men did pull a goal back to create a tense finish with three minutes remaining as Fleck’s corner found Coventry defender Richard Wood who glanced home with a commanding header.
During four minutes of stoppage time City piled the pressure on the County goal and striker Cody McDonald came closest with a last-gasp effort that was well blocked by Jordan Stewart as Notts held on.
Notts County are now in 5th position in the League One table and just two points off the automatic promotion positions. They face a home tie with Bournemouth next at Meadow Lane on Tuesday 23rd October. Kick-off is at 7:45pm.
Coventry City: Murphy, Clarke, Wood, Cameron, Reckord (Hussey, 79), Baker (Jennings, 61), Fleck, Bailey (McDonald, 65), Moussa, Ball, McGoldrick
Notts County: Bialkowski, Liddle, Leacock, Eastham, Stewart, Bishop, Boucaud, J Hughes, Campbell-Ryce (Mahon, 88), Zoko (L Hughes, 79), Arquin
Man of the match: Dean Leacock
Referee: Phil Gibbs
Attendance: 11,882 (1,356 away)