Cobblers boss Keith Curle has demanded his squad keep pushing forward as he previews Saturday’s trip to Grimsby.
“We aren’t going to take our foot off the gas,” he said.
“You are never happy because you want to be higher up the table but the only way we can do that is by keep winning games.
“The squad is looking very good, we haven’t played three games in a week for a while but I’m confident we can cope.
“The training this week has been exceptional, we train at a very high tempo but we also rest the players as well when we need to. My training methods might be a little bit different to previous regimes but the players have come on board with that.
“It was a very competitive game against Newport and yes it did lack a bit of quality but the goal from Joe Powell was worthy of winning any game, it was a fantastic controlled finish and it showed the quality he has got.
“If you divided the division into three leagues a couple of weeks ago we were top of the bottom pile and now we are near the top of the middle.
“We are in the chasing pack and our next aim has to be to get in striking distance of the top seven and we would like to narrow that gap to three or four points.
“It’s a different mentality being in the chasing pack and as a collective group the atmosphere in the changing room is very good.
“The squad as a whole is very important and if you look at some of our recent games the players that have come on have won it for us.
“I like having selection problems, Marvin Sordell trained from Wednesday onwards and he comes back into contention and is available for selection.”
Curle meanwhile confirmed striker Junior Morias is currently sidelined with appendicitis having recently undergone surgery after leaving the Crewe game on medical advice.