Racing 92 fly-half Dan Carter applauded Northampton after they held his new side to a 9-9 draw in the Champions Cup at Franklin's Gardens.
Friday's dull fixture saw neither side cross for a try as Carter and Stephen Myler traded three penalties apiece, leaving Racing staying top of the pool by two points.
"I don't think we deserved to win, there were far too many mistakes. Because of those errors we couldn't get into the game," said Carter when speaking to EPC Rugby after the game.
"Credit to Northampton, though, they were a much different side to the one we played in Paris. There was a lot more physicality from them, they were a lot more direct, they put us under pressure and forced us into a lot of mistakes – it was pretty tough out there."
Racing will now go back to Top 14 duty before the Champions Cup resumes in January against Glasgow at home before they host Scarlets and then travel to the Warriors in their final pool game.
"Life just gets better and better each week," added Carter.
"I'm still the new boy and all the practical jokes are on me, which keeps my feet firmly on the ground."