Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd says his players set themselves a standard for the remainder of the season by beating Fleetwood Town at Sixfields.
Town picked up their second successive win and three vital points in the most dramatic of fashions when Luke Norris curled home an injury-time free-kick to seal a 1-0 victory.
It was Norris’ fifth goal in only his sixth game of what has become a highly productive loan spell from league one Brentford and ensured he was the toast of Northampton on Saturday night.
The win was even more important because Accrington beat Scunthorpe, a result that ensures the Cobblers remain bottom of Sky Bet League Two.
But Boothroyd says he doesn’t care about the league table because his players are ‘on the up’ and that their win over the league leaders proves they should have nothing to fear in their remaining fixtures.
“Fleetwood deserve to be where they are and are a very good side but my players worked really hard to get that win from start to finish,” he said.
“Our work ethic and the will to get out of the trouble we’re in was terrific.
“Fleetwood were very positive and kept looking for the winner but so did we and our defence was solid when it needed to be late on.
“There are fine margins between getting beat at Rochdale and beating the leaders so I’m delighted for our supporters, they’ve not had a lot to cheer at home this season.
“Fleetwood are top of the table and we’re bottom but on today’s evidence there isn’t a lot between the two teams.
“I’ve told the players now they’ve beaten the league leaders there can be no excuses.
“I know what the league table looks like but I don’t care, we’re on the up. There are 30 games left and now we’ve got to build on this when we go to Hartlepool, the confidence is high in the squad.”