PNE claimed back-to back league wins with a 2-1 win over Bury in front of a near 3,000 travelling support at Gigg Lane.
Bury provided a late scare in stoppage time by pulling a goal back but North End stayed strong to pick up their first three points on the road this season.
In the second half, North End made it two, again from a set piece as former Leeds and Tranmere man Cansdell-Sherriff rose above a crowd of white shirts to power a header home.
Powerful striker Sodje continued his prolific form in front of goal by sneaking in at the back post before the half hour mark to send a downward header past Trevor Carson in the Shakers goal.
Two expert deliveries from the left boot of Scott Laird proved to be the difference for Preston, as both Akpo Sodje and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff connected with headers either side of half time.