Jonathan Greening and Marcus Tudgay scored the goals for a Forest side which also contained returning loanees Karl Darlow and Robbie Findley.
Weekend opponents Sheffield Wednesday, meanwhile, are looking to match their performance against Middlesbrough last Friday, if not the final scoreline of 3-1 in favour of the Teessiders.
“We have a lot of good players here and we matched Boro for much of the game," said manager Dave Jones, quoted in the Sheffield Star.
"We’ve something to take to the next one."
***Wednesday update***The game may have been Tudgay's last in a Forest shirt as he been loaned out to Barnsley with a view to a permanent move in January.