Manager Keith Curle says there was a huge feeling of belonging in the PTS Academy Stadium after the late goal from Andy Williams ended Forest Green Rovers' unbeaten record on Saturday, and the Cobblers boss says the importance of that cannot be under estimated.
"There was a real feeling of belonging after the second goal went in and that is very important within a club," he said.
"As a manager you want to feel as though you belong, you want to be part of the DNA of a club, you want to be part of a structure and that can help you take the club forward and I get that here.
"I'm the type of character who earns respect and my job in the technical area is to earn the respect of the supporters, the owners, the players, the staff and everyone involved with the football club. I have to earn that right and I can do that by the work I do with the players, the demands I put on people, the way we set the team up and how we go about our business.
"The conditions made life difficult on Saturday but we used them really well to our advantage in the second half. We knew we would have the territorial advantage in the second half and we were able to make that pay. Being able to force a goal is a great attribute to have and we did that through Kevin van Veen and Andy Williams just when we needed it."