Chris Wilder felt the Cobblers’ victory at second-placed Shrewsbury Town was the team’s best result of the season so far.
Town ended the Shrews’ unbeaten league home record with a superb 2-1 success secured through goals from Chris Hackett and Joel Byrom.
As well as joining Chelsea as the only other team to win at the New Meadow this term, the win also puts Northampton to within six points of the Sky Bet League Two play-offs, although they remain 10th in the table.
Wilder was unable to hide his delight at the victory, which was achieved despite a late Mickey Demetriou goal and an avalanche of pressure from the home side.
“I can’t disagree that it was our best result of the season, especially after losing the leading goalscorer in the division right before it,” he said.
“It was a deserved result. We had to defend for our lives in the last 10 minutes and we overcame that.
“We knew we would have to produce a special performance in this game; Shrewsbury have got a fantastic record at home this season and it was always going to take a big performance to beat them.
“They are a very dangerous side to play. To go unbeaten up to this stage of the season is a great achievement but we backed ourselves with our big players.
“We had nothing to lose but we didn’t want to come here just to make the numbers up and I thought we stopped them playing while playing pretty well ourselves.
“We came out of the traps and dominated the first half, we perhaps should have scored more goals.”
Northampton also achieved the win without their (and league two’s) leading goalscorer Marc Richards, who travelled to the game but sat it out with a sore Achilles.
“Normally if you go to a team at the top of the league, who haven’t lost at home, without your top scorer and one of the best players in the division, you have a few sleepless nights,” said Wilder.
“But I didn’t because I know what Ivan Toney is capable of and I thought he was outstanding.”