Kettering Town striker Leon McKenzie says he hopes that his career can be an inspiration to his team-mates.
The 33-year-old played in the Premier League with Norwich City and also counts Peterborough and Coventry City amongst his former clubs.
McKenzie told BBC Radio Northampton: "I want them to get to [the level] I was playing at. My career can't go back to the Championship any more.
"But I can help people coming through and help the team in the long run."
The Poppies drew 1-1 at Alfreton Town after being reduced to 10 men and lie 20th in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
"We've started off a little bit shaky, but going on today's efforts, we will put it together and start getting results," he added.
"It takes a lot of character to come from behind with a man down. We're going in the right direction and things can change with one game."