Torquay manager Alan Knill praised the 'low-maintenance' qualities of Jordan Chapell after the winger scored twice to give the Gulls their first win of the season.
Chapell registered a double in the space of six second-half minutes at Northampton, to wipe out Jacob Blyth's first-half goal and inflict a 2-1 loss on the Cobblers.
Blyth had put the hosts in front at Sixfields when he headed home one of several fine Danny Emerton crosses. But Torquay improved markedly after the break and carved out a number of chances, two of which were taken with great aplomb by former Sheffield United wide man Chapell.
"We're obviously delighted," said Knill. "It was a game of two halves and it felt like we were totally dominated in the first half but I think when we look at it again we'll see that we weren't.
"That's three times we've come back from a goal down this season and that shows real character.
"Jordan (Chapell) has got three for the season now; we've set him targets and he's right on track with all of them.
"As with all wide players, the thing that makes them different is their ability to put the ball in the back of the net. Both of his goals were great finishes.
"I'm really pleased for him. He's one of those players you don't notice is around sometimes. He's so low maintenance, he just comes in, does his work and then comes in the next day.
"I'm pleased he's getting his rewards and those rewards come from hard work on the training ground."
Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd was visibly furious with his team, who have now been beaten in three of their four league fixtures this season. He cited the inability to add further goals to Blyth's headed effort during a period of dominance as the main reason his team was beaten.
"In the first half it was just a question of how many goals we would score," he said. "We tortured their left-back but we didn't get enough first contact on his crosses and we should have gone in two or three up.
"Both of their goals have come from our possession and to get done on two counter-attacks when we're on the edge of their box is very, very disappointing.
"We weren't anywhere near strong enough in the back areas of the pitch in terms of winning headers, getting cut, getting hold of the ball and being brave enough to make good decisions when in possession.
"I'm really annoyed with one or two of the lads but I won't name names and that will remain behind closed doors."