Boss Aidy Boothroyd praised Neal Kitson for his last-gasp penalty save to earn Northampton a 1-1 draw at Crewe in League Two on Saturday.
Adebayo Akinfenwa's second-half strike had cancelled out Luke Murphy's opener only for Alex to win a spot-kick deep into stoppage time at Gresty Road.
But American Kitson, whose only previous first-team experience came back in his homeland, pulled off a superb stop to keep out Danny Shelley's effort and extend the visitor's unbeaten run to three games.
Boothroyd said: "Giving the penalty away in the last minute would have been a ridiculous way to lose but Neal has done brilliantly and saved the day for us.
"People were worried when we lost Matt Duke but I had faith in Neal and knew he wouldn't let us down and he has proved me right. He's got a contract until the end of the season to prove himself and he's got off to a great start.
"They were better than us in the first half but the second we were stronger and braver with and without the ball. We were lucky to only be 1-0 down at half-time so we had to get them in and reorganise things."