Michael Appleton praised his Pompey troops for their character after they rescued a point in the south coast derby dust-up at Fratton Park.
The Blues boss saluted the players for staying in the game, even though it looked unlikely they would get back on terms after Rickie Lambert’s opener.
But Joel Ward grabbed a late leveller and Appleton was relieved to come away with a point and with honours even.
Appleton said: ‘It would have been very easy to fold and to give up the ghost being one goal down at home.
‘But it shows the character the players have got in themselves to keep going and going when things are against them.
‘It wasn’t a particularly great spectacle but I didn’t expect it to be.
‘It was a cracking atmosphere and the fans made it special.
But after going behind, the players really stuck at it and they got a bit of reward when Joel got the equaliser towards the end.
‘There wasn’t that much in the game and I thought it was a fair result.’