Chris Wilder was delighted that his Cobblers players turned their words into actions with a precious win at Accrington.
Chris Hackett scored after only three minutes to settle the contest at the Crown Ground 1-0 in Northampton’s favour.
Wins for Wycombe and Portsmouth, however, mean that the gap to safety remains three points with just five games left to play this season.
But Wilder was pleased his team ‘found a way to win’ against an Accrington side that are now six points ahead of Town.
“We had to find a way to win today,” said Wilder. “It’s always difficult psychologically to play at Accrington because they get on the front foot and they’ve hurt some very good teams.
“There has been a lot of talking over the past 13 or 14 games from players, supporters and people involved with the club and that had to stop and we had to make sure we did all our talking on the pitch.
“I was a touch disappointed that we didn’t go in 2-0 up at half-time but we didn’t let that affect us.
“We’re not playing with an unbelievable amount of confidence so the key thing was to find a way to win, and we did that.”
Wilder felt the timing of Hackett’s goal was vital and gave his team a foothold in a game, something they have not had in recent weeks.
“It was important that we got the first goal,” he said. “Last week we conceded first and that just completely drained us.
“After that we had something to fight for and something to hold on to.”