Cobblers boss Keith Curle praised the resilience of his side as he reflected on Saturday’s 2-1 home win over Oldham Athletic.
John-Joe O’Toole and Kevin van Veen from the penalty spot had the Cobblers 2-0 up at half-time but they were down to ten men following a red card shown to Sam Foley.
The Cobblers held firm for the majority of the second half and although Oldham did pull a goal back nothing would stop Curle’s side sealing all three points.
“I’m delighted and I think the team showed another side today,” he said.
“We took our time to feel our way into the game but after Tuesday I was expecting a slow start.
“I was pleased to go in at half-time 2-0 up because I didn’t think we deserved it but there was a real determination from the players in the second half to get the three points.
“They were resolute and brave and there is a backbone inside that changing room.
“The work rate, attention to detail and the willingness to work was all there and even in the second half when we were down to ten men I felt we created the better chances on the break.
“We can take a lot of pride out of this afternoon, the fans were right there with us and they gave the players that extra yard.
“We still need to keep winning games but so long as we don’t take our foot off the gas we will keep heading in the right direction.”