Cobblers boss Chris Wilder felt his side’s win over Luton Town was the type of game that makes him glad to be in the business of football management.
Town beat the Hatters 2-1 at Sixfields as they gave their chances of reaching the Sky Bet League Two a much-needed boost at the expense of a badly out-of-sorts opponent.
Luton have now lost their past six games and are only two points above Northampton in the table and the race for the top seven will be ongoing for both clubs.
Goals from Ricky Holmes - who was excellent - and James Gray, four minutes from time, secured a victory which left manager Wilder beaming with delight.
“That’s what you are in this business for, days like today, it was a proper game of football,” he said.
“We were disappointed not to go in at half-time ahead but Luton are a dangerous side and they were determined to stop their losing run.
After losing the last two games we were desperate for a win todayCobblers boss Chris Wilder
“I felt we deserved to win the game. We told the players at half-time to go out and play like they can and get the win they deserved.
“Luton are an attacking team but we pushed them back and moved the ball around well, we just lacked that final pass.
“Their keeper has made some very good saves to keep them in it but they were always going to be dangerous from set-pieces.
“I was very disappointed with their goal, it was the first time they threatened us and I didn’t want us to be mugged like that.
“All credit to the players, they really had to dig deep today to get the three points and keep the season alive. After losing the last two games we were desperate for a win today.”