David Flitcroft hailed his side's character after 10-man Bury fought back to claim a crucial 2-1 home win over Sky Bet League 2 Play-Off chasers Northampton Town.Ricky Holmes fired the visitors into a 10th-minute lead before the Shakers' Joe Riley was shown a straight red card in the 48th minute.
Yet Kelvin Etuhu claimed a 66th-minute equaliser before Adam El-Abd headed home in the 90th minute, making it seven wins from eight for fourth-placed Bury.
Flitcroft said: "I was disappointed at half time and I told the players that. We didn't move the ball well first half and played on the back foot, which isn't us.
"Second half we played with more purpose, more adventure, and I think we completely deserved the win. There was a bravery about our performance, out of adversity.
"The referee didn't have any choice about the red card, it was a rush of blood, but then we showed a real willingness to go and win the game.
"We showed a controlled aggression. To go 4-2-3 is pretty brave because it leaves the centre of the pitch isolated, but I wanted to get Danny Mayor and Hallam Hope up the pitch to support Ryan Lowe.
"Kelvin Etuhu took on the responsibility and went to a higher level, he really carried us. His goal grabbed the momentum and once we got the momentum it put a fear factor into Northampton."