Marc Richards feels the Cobblers can now classify their season as being ‘back on track’ because of several key factors.
The striker, who is the leading goalscorer in Sky Bet League Two with 13 goals, has been the biggest positive of a disappointing campaign for the club to date.
But four points from their past two games has revived spirits at Sixfields, where the team now play back-to-back home games, against Dagenham & Redbridge and Newport County.
Richards feels the addition of Jason Taylor, Ricky Holmes and Brendan Moloney has helped to galvanise the squad, while the ability of manager Chris Wilder to name the same starting 11 for the first time in successive games is also highlighted as an important factor.
“You’ve got to forge relationships with each other, that is a big part of the game,” he said. “Whether that’s myself and John-Joe, the two lads down the left or the two lads down the right, you have to have relationships.
“For the team to move forward and for the club to move forward you absolutely have to have that in the side.
“We haven’t been able to name an unchanged side before this season, and I think the win at Exeter shows you what a good performance it was against Southend, all of a sudden that looks like a very good point.
“Southend are a top side, Exeter are a good side and to take four points from those two teams is a very good return.
“I think we’re back on track now.
“The new lads have come in and given us a bit of a spark and there is competition for places all over the place.”