Despite inconsistent form over the course of the campaign and a recent run of two consecutive defeats which was checked by the late goal at Torquay last Saturday, the Cobblers enter the festive period only 4 points behind the play-off places.
Strong home form has kept Aidy Boothroyd's side in the mix over the campaign to date with 6 wins and 2 draws from 11 games at Sixfields to date.
Boothroyd, meanwhile, has praised striker Lewis Wilson for his efforts on loan at struggling Kettering.
"He told the Cobblers' official website: "Lewis got a couple more goals for Kettering on Tuesday night and I'm really pleased with how his loan is going there.
"I spoke to Lewis on Monday and he was a rather depressed figure after their 7-0 defeat at the weekend but as I said to him, I've been there before and the important thing is that you bounce back quickly as a player and as a club."
Source: Cobblers Mad