Chris Wilder felt the latest Cobblers’ victory was based primarily on hard work - and he made no apology for that.
Town beat Tranmere 2-1 to secure their ninth win in 12 games and move to within three points of the Sky Bet League Two play-off places.
While they were unquestionably the better team in the match, Northampton were reliant on a single goal, Ryan Cresswell’s 62nd-minute header, to settle the contest.
Wilder admitted the performance was not quite as action packed as the ones which have yielded previous victories but was no less satisfied with it as a result.
“I’m not one of those managers who say performances are more important results especially at this stage of the season,” he said. “It was just a case of getting the job done today.
“Tranmere are fighting for their lives and Micky Adams’ teams always want to win games so we had to work very hard to get that result.
Our performances are based on work ethic, commitment and pressing the opposition, but it was hard to open them upCobblers boss Chris Wilder
“It was a pretty open game, we were the better team in the first half but they were always a threat on the counter attack with their pace.
“We had to work hard and compete without committing too many players forward and getting getting caught on the break. Our performances are based on work ethic, commitment and pressing the opposition, but it was hard to open them up.
“It was a game that was never settled until the final whistle. We didn’t want to settle for one goal, we wanted to go and get the second one and we put players on to get it.
“But Tranmere also made positive substitutions to get back into the game and our defenders had to be on their game.
“And Matt Duke’s save at the end of the game was fantastic and he’s got the ability to make top drawer saves like that one.”