Cobblers boss Chris Wilder admitted his side ‘struggled’ to beat Morecambe and record their fifth successive win.
Town won 2-1 at Sixfields and could have clinched the victory by a bigger margin had Marc Richards - who earlier notched his 16th of the season - converted a second-half penalty.
Joel Byrom had put Wilder’s side in front after only 28 seconds and the first 25 minutes saw Northampton dominate proceedings.
But they did not capitalise on those opportunities, Morecambe equalised and had further chances in the second half, hitting the post through an Alan Goodall shot and forcing Matt Duke into an excellent double save.
“I was delighted with the first half apart from the equaliser and I was disappointed to go in on level terms because I thought we could have been two or three up,” said Wilder.
“We got done on one long ball and it was quite flat in the dressing room at half-time and their goal deflated us a little bit.
“But we knew we’d have to go again and lift ourselves and that’s what we did in the second half.
“You always want to get off to a quick start, especially at home and that’s been a feature of our games, especially at home.
“Morecambe are a dangerous side and they took chances in the second half, which they had to do to get back in the game.
“We weren’t great at picking them off, we rushed our clearances and needed to be better when we broke the play up.
“It shouldn’t have been a struggle for us but it was, either through our bad play or through not being calm enough.”