Ipswich Town 2 Bury 0
Ipswich eventually broke down Bury with a penalty in the 80th minute that was cracked home by Adam Tanner, celebrating his 24th birthday.
It was sad for Bury defender Ian Hughes who was shown the red card for a second bookable offence when conceding the penalty.
Mick Stockwell had crossed from the right and Hughes pulled Matt Holland to the ground as he challenged.
Hughes had previously been booked for a 74th minute foul on Ipswich substitute Simon Milton.
A series of substitutions saw Ipswich run riot in the closing stages and Jason Dozzell, still on a weekly contract after being freed by Tottenham, side-footed just under the bar for the second Ipswich goal from a pass by substitute Neil Gregory in the 86th minute.
Then Bury's Andy Gray was sent off two minutes from the end. The former England international had been outstanding in midfield but was booked for dissent when arguing over the penalty and received the red card when he brought down Argentinian Mauricio Taricco.
Until those dramatic closing stages, it had been a dour contest with Ipswich finding it hard to break down a solid Bury defence.
Bury's best chance came after 64 minute when Jason Peake, making his debut, took a long throw from the left.
Lucketti headed on to leave Tony Battersby with only Richard Wright to beat.
The England Under-21 goalkeeper made a splendid reflex save.