Northampton manager Chris Wilder was full of praise for his side following a 0-0 stalemate with Bristol Rovers.
The struggling Cobblers closed the gap on the teams above them to just four points as they made it three games unbeaten in their mini-revival. Both sides had more than enough chances to take all three points but the experienced Matt Duke and his opposite number Steve Mildenhall were not to be beaten as both goalkeepers pulled off some impressive saves.
Northampton went into the game after making it back-to-back wins for only second time this season which took them off the bottom of the table.
Wilder said: "Maybe a draw was a fair result - we could have won it and we could have lost it. They were dangerous on the counter-attack and it became more like a basketball game in the second half.
"The players put in an unbelievable shift on Tuesday against Southend and I thought we just looked a bit jaded. We lacked a bit of quality in the final third and I think that was down to tiredness.
"The first goal is always important and I thought we were going to get it but we can still be pleased with our day's work, if you cannot win then you must not lose. The players have given me, the staff, the club and the supporters everything this week with two wins and a draw.
"In the bigger picture although I'm happy to see the supporters enjoying it more, there are no congratulations from me for the players yet, I stressed that before the game. We've got a free week now and we can prepare well for next Saturday's game."
Wilder also picked out Duke for special praise, adding: "Matt Duke showed just how good a keeper he is with that performance. He went through a tough spell when I first arrived but it shows the stature of the man that he got through it. He's not had a lot to do in the last two games but, when he needed to, he produced some quality saves."