Northampton boss Keith Curle praised his team’s application after they ended their campaign with an emphatic 5-2 win at Oldham.
There was little at stake in a match between two midtable sides, but Northampton produced a fine attacking display.
Oldham led early through Johan Branger, but Sam Hoskins rifled home an equaliser midway through the first half and Aaron Pierre headed the Cobblers in front.
Andy Williams struck either side of half-time, first from a rebound and then with a neat finish.
Callum Lang reduced the arrears for Oldham, but Junior Morias completed the rout by scoring on the break 10 minutes from time.
Curle said: “There was good attitude and application, and we needed to get that right for the last game of the season.
“At the start we were allowing Oldham to play training-ground football in little triangles, but once we stopped that it was very pleasing.
“We showed a good response to going behind. We knew how Oldham would want to play, but we imposed ourselves.
“We nullified them and implemented our own gameplan. We got on top, played balls into the box and got on the front foot.
“We had an understanding, individually and collectively, about what we were trying to achieve. We want to play with high tempo.
“We aim to be creative and brave in the final third and we have scored a lot of goals from set-pieces, which is important because a lot of games are won in that way.
“There will be new players next season and it’s about how they buy into our philosophy. We need to turn draws into wins to push us into the top 10.”
Oldham head coach Pete Wild, who was only appointed to the end of the season, admitted: “That’s absolutely not the way we wanted to finish.
“The game had potential to go in our direction early doors, but it got away from us in a very disappointing way.
“The lads didn’t try hard enough or work hard enough. They were dominated and the game was gone after Northampton got a couple of goals in front from silly mistakes.
“I talk about professional integrity every day of the week. You need to give everything, but I’m not sure some of the players did that.
“There are a lot of players out of contract and a new head coach or manager needs to be put in place, so it’s hard to see the vision for next season until the club has that structure.
“Personally speaking, I have a lot of thinking to do. There have been big highlights and massive learning curves during the course of the season.”