A CHARLIE Austin penalty 15 minutes from time condemned Rovers to a third straight defeat and left their Championship status on life support.
It proved to be a lacklustre contest at the Keepmoat with both sides seeming to play without pressure, leading to a particularly open game.
Dean Saunders made a major reshuffle of his pack with nine changes to the side that lost 4-0 at Leicester City.
And while there was a sense of freedom and endeavour about the ‘old-school’ Rovers – which contained just one Saunders signing in Fabien Robert – it produced little attacking threat.
Such was the openness of the game that it seemed a goal could come from anywhere.
And it did on 36 minutes when Burnley winger Josh McQuoid winger struck an excellent half volley from 25 yards into the top corner, giving the recalled Gary Woods no chance.
Rovers deservedly levelled 11 minutes into the second half when Chris Brown rose to head home a searching James Coppinger cross at the far post.
Buoyed by the goal, Rovers surged forward and enjoyed their best spell.
But Woods was required to produce two excellent saves to twice deny Austin at the foot of his near post as Burnley came back into it.
And on 75 minutes the visitors were gifted the chance to go in front.
Adam Lockwood clipped Danny Ings as he went clear and referee Nigel Miller showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Austin confidently sent Woods the wrong way from the spot.
George Friend almost snatched a late point with a powerful drive from the corner of the box but Lee Grant proved equal to it.
With Bristol City picking up a 3-1 win over fellow strugglers Coventry City, Rovers now sit 11 points from safety with just four games remaining.