Chesterfield caretaker boss Tommy Wright was happy with his side's goalless draw at Northampton, despite their failure to secure a first victory on the road.
The improving Spireites extended their unbeaten run to seven league games following the stalemate and could have won it had they had taken their chances. Top scorer Jack Lester went closest to nicking all three points either side of the break, hitting the crossbar and then shooting just wide, while Craig Westcarr and Sam Togwell had squandered earlier chances for the visitors.
"That was a good result for us. It's out first clean sheet of the season and it's another point on the board," Wright said.
"We knew what we were going to deal with here, against a team who are doing very well, especially at home, and I thought we dealt with them very well - our back four were exceptional.
"Our commitment and discipline was very good and we knew it would have to be at set plays because Northampton are especially good at those. I'm over the moon really because it was a physical battle, we had to compete and we knew we would have to do that here."
Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd was happy with his side's rearguard action but felt they needed to do a bit more in the final third to warrant victory.
"It's pleasing to get another clean sheet but we didn't create enough chances as we normally do to go on and win the game,'' Boothroyd said.
"We like to win our home games but we weren't firing on all cylinders. That was disappointing but we've had some long trips lately and we've got a few players carrying injuries so I suppose it was a fair point.
"I thought we might have nicked it in the end from the set-piece but we weren't quite incisive enough in the first half. We were taking too many passes when we should have got a cross or a shot in.
"But that's all part of our learning curve, the positive was the clean sheet and that was down to an all-round team effort, we defend from the front and every player was part of that."