Chris Wilder was pleased with the response he got from his Cobblers players in their 1-1 draw at Morecambe on Saturday.
The Town manager wanted to see a reaction from his side following the poor performance in the midweek loss to Rochdale at Sixfields.
And he was pleased to get it at the Globe Arena, where his team went ahead though an own goal only to be pegged back by Padraig Amond’s strike.
“After the midweek game I was looking for a reaction from the players here and I got it,” said Wilder.
“We know that we’re in a fight and what we showed today is that there is plenty of fight out there on the pitch for us.
“Morecambe are a good side and they’ve beaten some very good sides here, Jim (Bentley) is doing a very good job because he’s had his budget cut.
“We needed to just do a little bit better at the top end of the pitch but the players gave me everything.”
Wilder lost right-back Leon McSweeney prior to the game, meaning a recall to the starting line-up for Ben Tozer, while Chris Hackett was withdrawn after only 10 minutes with a recurrence of an ongoing heart condition.
“I was concerned when we got here and I saw the pitch because I thought the game might go ahead,” he said.
“And we lost (Leon) McSweeney right before then game and then Chris Hackett during the match itself, so we did we to recover from those setbacks.
“Leon had a back strain and we could have risked him; Chris has a thing with his heart that plays up once a season and he has to come off when it happens.”