Shrewsbury boss Matthew Taylor welcomed a bit of luck as his side ended a long goal drought to beat Northampton 1-0.
Daniel Udoh struck a late winner to give the Shrews their first goal in over 600 minutes, a run stretching back to August and including seven games in two competitions.
The Shrews survived giving away a late penalty, as Sam Hoskins hit the crossbar with his 73rd-minute spot-kick, before Udoh struck in added time to the relief of the home supporters.
Taylor said: “I’m really pleased, not necessarily for me but really pleased for the staff and players, as I see every day how hard everybody works and working towards getting a result.
“We will play better than today, but we have not had any luck, and what we did today and what we had today is some luck.
“The ball fell to Dan, from our perspective a great finish, from their perspective they will be disappointed.
“But he does what he’s paid to do, and hopefully it gives him and the players a bit more confidence now.
“I still think there is huge growth in the group, but at the moment I have said to the players in there we have suffered a lot as a group in the last four or five weeks.
“There are always a lot of times in football where you go away from a game and you’re disappointed. I think the players now need to enjoy that feeling they have got in there in the dressing room.”
Cobblers boss Jon Brady was frustrated to have nothing to show after feeling his side had dominated the game.
He said: “One thing I would say is I think we were in control the whole match, especially in the first half with Mitch (Pinnock) and a few other chances. We had some really good opportunities.
“Then we had the penalty, and to be honest we were in full control, so minimum, minimum I felt out of that game we should come away with the three points, and we limited them, and (goalkeeper Lee) Burge wasn’t tested.
“Unfortunately, that goal we concede has too many errors in the build-up, and they get a ricochet and then goes wide, and I don’t think he should score from that angle either.
“It is tough with the squad size that we have got that we can’t rotate hugely today, so a few players were out on their fee. They gave everything they’ve got.”