Cobblers boss Chris Wilder believes his team made a statement to Sky Bet League Two with their 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe United.
Town extended their unbeaten run to four games with a gritty point at Glanford Park that was secured with 10 men following the dismissal of Ricky Ravenhill for two yellow cards.
Ravenhill will now serve a one-game suspension, for the trip to Exeter City on Tuesday night.
But Wilder was a happy man with his team’s performance and the point they got against an Iron side that could have gone top of league two with a win.
“We’ve shown everyone (during the run) that we are a dangerous team,” he said. “The attitude of all of the players was first class.
“I was a bit disappointed immediately after half-time because we let Scunthorpe get into it a little bit, and that was at a point when I thought we could have really gone for the win.
“But it’s a good result. It went a bit ‘attack against defence’ when we had Ricky sent off but it’s always likely to do that when you’re down to 10 men.
“I was very pleased with all of the lads; (Gary) Deegan and (Ian) Morris came into the side and were great, they found little holes behind the defence.”