Northampton manager Stuart Gray admitted his side had "stopped the rot" after they ended a run of four successive defeats with a 1-1 draw at Brighton.
Midfielder Ryan Gilligan put the Cobblers ahead on the stroke of half-time before managerless Brighton rescued a point with a second-half header from Tommy Elphick.
Gray said: "We almost gifted Brighton the win in the end and after the last two or three minutes, I'm happy to get the draw. A draw has stopped the rot."
He added: "But we should have been comfortable early on and should have been 2-0 ahead at half-time. At the interval I thought the three points were definitely available to us."
Both sides were reduced to 10 men in the 65th minute after Brighton utility-man Adam Virgo and Northampton's Adebayo Akinfenwa were dismissed for violent conduct. The duo tangled on the halfway line following an initial challenge by Akinfenwa on Adam El-Abd.
And Gray admitted: "The referee confirmed that no punches were thrown. It was a wrestling match and a case of chests out and pushing. Both teams now lose a player for three games and we can't do anything about it."
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