Northampton Town swept aside 10-man Scunthorpe United 2-0 at Sixfields.
Scunthorpe’s hopes to taking the points were dented when Emmanuel Onariase was sent off inside the early 20 minutes.
Danny Rose and Sam Hoskins scored second half goals to ensure Jon Brady’s side would take the points.
The result sees Northampton return to winning ways after failing to win either of their last two League 2 matches.
Brady’s side had begun strongly, as Hoskins saw a strike saved within 15 seconds of kick-off.
Scunthorpe’s task of winning took a major hit on the 20 mark. Defender Onariase was penalised for a foul on Rose as the duo raced one another to meet Aaron McGowan’s long ball.
Mitch Pinnock’s free-kick was blocked, before Northampton attempted to break through for the opening goal.
But despite the man advantage, Scunthorpe did have opportunities at the other end, with Alfie Beestin and George Taft having opportunities that tested the Cobblers rearguard.
Northampton would have further chances later in the half, with Paul Lewis having a header bundled away in a scramble before Hoskins was just denied by Scunthorpe goalkeeper Rory Watson.
In the second half, Lewis saw two efforts go off target before a further header rattled the crossbar.
The opening goal would eventually come just after the hour. Hoskins’ cross picked out Rose, who placed a shot beyond Watson to put Northampton in front.
Substitute Nicke Kabamba had a strike blocked by Watson when one-on-one.
In the latter stages, Scunthorpe pressed for an equaliser but it was Northampton that would eventually grab the second game-clinching goal. It came through Rose, who lashed in the rebound after Dylan Connolly to wrap up the points for the home side.