Mathias Doumbe admits his first goal for the Cobblers was well overdue but was pleased to see it come at such a vital time in an important match.
The French centre-back opened his account - five months into his Town career - with a header in first-half stoppage time against Hartlepool on Saturday.
It gave Northampton a 1-0 lead at half-time and one which was doubled two minutes into the second half when Brennan Dickenson tucked away Chris Hackett’s cross.
Doumbe was pleased with the team’s all-round performance but knew the first goal was always going to make the difference - and so it proved.
“I felt we looked solid right from the start,” said Doumbe. “I don’t think they had too many chances but it’s always down to the team that scores first a lot of the time.
“We’d had a good first half but the goal was missing so to go in at half-time in front was good and then we got the second goal and it was game over.
“We work on our set play and I managed to get my head on this one.
“We were doing another thing but because it wasn’t working we went to something else - I’m not going to give away any secrets.
“I’ve been a bit unlucky. There have been a few chances that have been stopped on the line so if I can continue helping the team to get results then I’ll be happy.”