Aidy Boothroyd could not hide his delight as he claimed a first win as Northampton manager and his side secured a first victory in 14 games by beating Morecambe 2-1.
Goals in either half from John Johnson and youngster Akwasi Asante gave the Cobblers their first win since October 1 last year, much to the relief of Boothroyd.
He said: "It's been a long time coming and I'm delighted for the players and the fans and I think we deserved it overall. It's a big relief for everyone but I know it has been coming and hopefully we can now go on and build on it."
He added: "Morecambe are a very good side but we dug in and held them out and managed to score from a set piece and a counter-attack and our game plan worked really well.
"We have started the new year with four points from two away games and that is a good return. The last year was a poor one and we have to make sure that 2012 is a better one for the club and we are making progress.
"We have a way to go yet and I want to bring in a couple of new players during the window to keep everyone on their toes but I hope now we can start looking upwards and move up the table."
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley admitted his frustrations were growing after another home defeat. His side have won just three times from 13 home games this season and the Morecambe boss said it was a stat that was becoming more and more annoying.
He said: "I can't help but feel flat after losing a game at home again because we had so much of the match.
"We came into it with confidence after beating Crewe and started well but we gifted them two goals and you can't afford to do that at any level of football.
"We just didn't deal with the situations well enough and we made it too easy for them to score which is something we have done far too often this season."