Cambridge United boss Richard Money has praised his team after they moved eight points clear of the League Two relegation zone by beating Northampton.
The result ended a run of seven games without a win for the U's, and lifted them up to 18th in the table.
"I thought it was an outstanding performance from everyone," Money told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
"I expected to come here and play well - the performance was worthy of the three points and we're very pleased."
Cambridge were promoted to the Football League in the Conference play-off final at Wembley last June, having been relegated from League Two in 2005.
And Money said that it would be a disaster if the U's were to go straight back down this year.
"I can really understand the nervousness around everybody," he added.
"After nine years outside the League, to come back in and get ourselves in trouble would be disastrous, I'm not going to deny that.
"I know how people are feeling and how twitchy people have been feeling.
"The result helps - it's not over yet, but it helps."