Chris Wilder was relieved to see Northampton get back on track after just one win in seven outings had seen them slip down the table.
Top scorer Marc Richards bagged the only goal of the game as Northampton beat Stevenage 1-0 at Sixfields.
Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Northampton Town and Stevenage at Sixfields Stadium.
Northampton are determined to keep highly-rated striker Ivan Toney after they turned down a bid from an unnamed Championship club.
Keith Hill was pleased to progress in the FA Cup - but criticised Rochdale for a poor display in the 2-1 win against Northampton.
Rochdale secured a stunning turnaround at Spotland to book their place in the second round after a dramatic 2-1 win over Northampton.
Team news for Tuesday's FA Cup first-round replay between Rochdale and Northampton Town at Spotland Stadium.
Richard Money praised his side's battling qualities after Cambridge's 2-1 win against Northampton.