Aidy Boothroyd was delighted with his side's fightback as 10-man Northampton came from behind to draw 1-1 at York.
Matty Blair put the hosts in front with a cool finish after a long ball forward from Ashley Chambers.
Despite Louis Moult's sending-off late in the first half, the Cobblers started the second half well and scored a deserved equaliser when Chris Hackett's free-kick was spilled by York goalkeeper Michael Ingham, allowing Adebayo Akinfenwa a simple tap-in from close range.
Boothroyd said: "If you are going to do anything as a team you have to have spirit and I thought that was a wonderful second-half performance.
"It is the third time that we have been down to 10 men now this season, I think we can sometimes be a little too enthusiastic in the tackle.
"I think the second-half performance was really professional and I believe we had the better chances in the second half."