Caretaker boss Andy King admits Northampton are facing something of a 'six-pointer' against Torquay at Plainmoor on Saturday.
The Cobblers are currently four points adrift of the Gulls at the bottom of the League Two table, with Chris Hargreaves enjoying a victory in his first game in charge at the club last time out.
King told the club's official website: "Make no mistake this is a massive, massive game.
"We can't back away from that, every game now is big but this is a really big one.
"Torquay had a decent result on Saturday but I've got no fear going there and I'm still upbeat.
"I know what's wrong, we played well in patches on Saturday without a great physical threat. We haven't got the same personnel as last year that caused a threat but I think there is more fluidity in the team."