Graham Alexander praised his clinical side’s cutting edge as they put Pompey to the sword.
The Fleetwood manager felt making the most of chances which came his men’s way played a big part in their 3-1 win on Saturday.
That kept up their chances of promotion to League One after some stuttering form.
Three of the Cod Army’s past four games against Newport County, Bury and AFC Wimbledon have ended in stalemates.
Alexander is hopeful the win can now be the catalyst for his team to fire themselves from the play-offs into the automatic promotion places.
He said: ‘We had to make sure we got three points to make the draws we’ve been picking up recently worth it.
‘We created chances and took them, which hasn’t always been the case recently.’
Fleetwood’s second goal from the penalty spot proved crucial as Dan Alfei was penalised for a challenge on Josh Morris.
It appeared a soft spot-kick which ref Iain Williamson gave.
Alexander was staying coy on whether it should have been given or not.
He said: ‘We got the penalty which was long overdue.’
The win over Pompey means Fleetwood are now just three points behind Rochdale in the third automatic promotion spot.
They also are five points off leaders Chesterfield with nine games remaining.
Alexander believes his men are well placed to launch a powerful run over the finale to the season.
And he has the conviction Fleetwood are good enough to do that after a period of up-and-down results.
Alexander said: ‘We know we’re capable of good play, we’ve got players who can score goals.
‘I know it’s not been a brilliant time for us lately.
‘But I believe in the quality of the players we have here.
‘We’re now in a good position coming into the business end of the season.’
– JORDAN CROSS