Chris Wilder felt his Cobblers side provided the perfect illustration of the way he wants them to play in their 2-0 win over Hartlepool United at Sixfields.
Town recorded a much-needed victory through first goals for the club from Mathias Doumbe and Brennan Dickenson.
Although it does not lift the side of the bottom of the Football League it has moved them level on points with fellow strugglers Torquay United.
And it has also provided Wilder with the ideal example of what he expects from the side in their remaining 15 games.
“That was a good performance and a great result for us because Hartlepool have been on a great run,” he said. “Hopefully, we showed today how I want us to play. We saw more belief in the players today once we got the first goal.
“Everyone played their part today, on the pitch and off it. We did both parts of the game well, defence and attack.
“In the second half we wanted to make sure we kept on the front foot, we didn’t want to sit back and when we got the second goal I wanted us to go on and try to get a third.
“We saw Hartlepool play in the week and felt we could get at them out wide and today we got at them down the flanks. Chris Hackett’s second-half performance was excellent and it was a great delivery for the second goal.
“We need to enjoy this result, especially the way it has been going this season. The supporters haven’t had much to cheer this season, especially at home, so we’ll enjoy this result.
“There is a long way to go but we’ve given ourselves a fighting chance with this result. Now we need to go again against Southend.”