Jon Brady says there was plenty to be pleased about in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Crewe.
Sam Hoskins equalised deep in to added time after the Cobblers fought back from being 2-0 down, and Brady said there was much to admire in the Cobblers performance.
"I felt we penned Crewe in on Saturday, we could have done with a little more penetration at times but we controlled the play well and put them under a lot of pressure and we did some things really well on Saturday," he said.
"August has been a tough month. There has been a lot of games, a lot of injuries and some players we are looking after too to get them through the games. The free midweek has helped and what we can't do on the training pitch we do in the classroom with the players.
"The way we go about our work, the players take things on board very quickly and that has been good and that has certainly helped."