Cobblers boss Jon Brady admitted he was gutted to concede so late after Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Leyton Orient.
Town turned things around after trailing to Rob Hunt’s first half goal as Sam Hoskins scored twice in three minutes, but Kieron Bowie’s red card, supposedly for a headbutt, was followed by relentless Orient pressure.
Chances came and went but eventually they found a way through as Shaq Forde’s 96th minute equaliser salvaged a point.
"It's hard to really comprehend," admitted Brady. "I felt we got ourselves in a good position with 11 players out there.
"We stepped on the gas in the second half, turned it around and we find ourselves 2-1 and from there I thought we would go on and win the game and maybe score more goals.
"Even in the first half, I felt we were the team having all of the entries into the final third. Yes, they had a few moments and there was a 10-minute period where they had a spell.
"It's a disappointing goal to concede but then after that we were in the ascendancy and we pointed out a few technical things that we needed to improve at half-time and we did that.
"It made a big difference and Sam gets his goals, but the sending off changes the dynamic of the game. I didn't see the incident because I was trying to organise our back-line at the time but all I heard was the linesman say there was a coming together and they were sending Kieron off. I'll have to watch it back."