Port Vale boss Micky Adams was relieved and delighted to see his side achieve promotion - even if it came courtesy of a freak own goal by the club's former defender Lee Collins in a 2-2 draw against Northampton.
Northampton, who are guaranteed a play-off place, looked on course for victory until Collins sliced an attempted clearance over stranded goalkeeper Lee Nicholls four minutes from time.
Vale's vastly superior goal difference to Cheltenham (28 goals) means they will be playing in npower League One next season and that promotion left Adams emotional.
"I've been blubbering after the game, but now I've settled down I'm absolutely delighted for everyone connected with the football club,'' he said.
"We've been through the mill. Before the season started we were in administration and I was shouting down the phone at someone because we had no training kit for the players.
"What the players have achieved has been a minor miracle in the circumstances and I couldn't be more proud of them."
Clarke Carlisle and Roy O'Donovan netted for the Cobblers either side of a Liam Chilvers goal and they looked on course for victory until the late twist.
Northampton will prepare for the play-offs after hosting Barnet next Saturday and manager Aidy Boothroyd was delighted with his team.
He said: "If it wasn't for a freak own goal we would have won, but Lee Collins was brilliant out there and we are all disappointed for him.
''There are certainly plenty of positives to take from this game, but congratulations to Port Vale. They have been up there near the top of the league all season and deserve to be promoted.''