Jim Bentley was pleased with his side’s improved showing against Northampton on Tuesday night.
Morecambe may have been denied all three points by a late Kelvin Langmead header but The Shrimps boss took heart from seeing his side bounce back after Saturday’s humbling defeat at Barnet.
He said: “First and foremost I asked for a reaction from Saturday and the lads bounced back in style.
“I told them they had to stand up and be men tonight against a strong, physical side.
“And credit where credit’s due, they’re a good, honest bunch who don’t like getting beat. They win, lose and draw together and came in on Monday and were positive.”
The result was the right one according to Bentley and also meant The Shrimps reached their manager’s first target of 50 points, usually considered enough to guarantee League 2 safety.
He said: “Overall I think a 1-1 draw was the fair result.
“We could have had a couple more goals and they could have had one or two more.
“But that’s the way it was. We certainly gave them a game and I want to give the Morecambe supporters a team they can be proud of and that’s what they got today.
“We’re up to our first target of the season, 50 points, with a fifth of the season to play and hopefully we can continue to build and move forward.”