With a fortnight between fixtures owing to their early exit from the FA Cup, Graham Turner decided to take his squad back to RAF Shawbury for a mid-season change of scenery.
And the hard work his players put in quickly reepad reward as Town enjoyed an unbeaten December to climb out of the League One relegation zone, never to return to the bottom four again during the season.
Town looked on course to end their wait for a first away win of the campaign down at Crawley where they overturned a first minute deficit to lead 2-1.
Matt Richards pulled them level before a fine individual strike from Taylor, which saw the winger burst clear from inside his own half, edged them in front.
With Connor Goldson shining at right back having been handed his first start of the season, Town looked set for three points until Crawley equalised in the final 10 minutes to make the final score 2-2.
Taylor was at it again the following Saturday, at home to Carlisle United, firing Town ahead with a sweetly struck 20 yarder from just outside the box.
And although the Cumbrians were soon level, Paul Parry grabbed the winner.
Town really ought to have won again when their travels took them to Bury on the Friday before Christmas.
Aaron Wildig's early goal, his only one of the season, and another Taylor rocket had them leading 2-1 with time almost up when Bury salvaged a point from a 2-2 draw thanks to Steve Schumacher's late header.
Town were involved in their third 2-2 draw in four games when Notts County visited the Greenhous Meadow on Boxing Day.
Luke Rodgers gave Town the lead against one of his former clubs but the Magpies hit back to open up a 2-1 advantage at half time.
But Town kept going and earned some deserved reward when a cross-cum-shot from who else but Taylor rescued an important point.
Town ended an eventful 2012 by playing out their second goalless draw of the season with high flying Brentford as young scholars Jack Gwilliams and Dominic Smith were both among the subs.