CALLUM McManaman’s brilliance settled a real Lancashire hotpot as Latics ended a wretched run of six successive defeats in style.
The winger was outstanding throughout as Latics gave Uwe Rosler the perfect welcome to Wigan with a much-needed three points.
Latics came flying out of the blocks and were 2-0 up by the interval as Wanderers struggled to get into the game.
Ben Watson grabbed the first from the penalty spot after Matt Mills had handled.
And Nick Powell struck a magnificent overhead kick to double the advantage midway through the first half.
The visitors got themselves back into the game with a stirring start to the second period, Neil Danns pulling one back with a header and then Andre Moritz equalising from the spot.
But Latics weren’t finished and, after Emmerson Boyce had flicked on James McClean’s cross, McManaman slid home to the delight of inside the DW.
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Latics: Carson; Boyce, Ramis, Barnett, Beausejour; McArthur, Watson, McCann; McManaman, Powell, Holt.
Subs: Nicholls, Perch (for Watson, 73), Crainey (for Beausejour, 52), Gomez, McClean (for Holt, 52), Keane, Fortune.
Bolton: Lonergan; McNaughton, Mills, Ream, Baptiste; Lee, Spearing, Pratley, Moritz, Danns; Mason.
Subs: Lee-Barrett, Eagles, Beckford (for Pratley, 80), Hall (for Lee, 90), Knight, Davies (for Danns, 83), Kamara.
Referee: Kevin Friend