Michael Appleton admitted that Pompey’s 2-1 win over Coventry was welcome relief after a difficult week for the club.
The new Blues boss chalked up his first win at the helm as a first-half Greg Halford penalty put Pompey deservedly ahead before Lukas Jutkiewicz equalised for Coventry early in the second half.
But Joel Ward’s well-taken clincher proved to be the winner as Appleton registered his first victory to give the club’s fans a welcome boost.
Appleton said: ‘After everything that’s gone on this week, the three points were crucial.
‘I thought the players applied themselves really well under difficult circumstances so I’m delighted for them.
‘They’ve put a lot of work in over the past couple of weeks since the Watford game. Sometimes you get your reward for your efforts and we got that this time.
‘We’re not daft. We’re aware of what’s going on off the field.
‘But we have to do our own jobs and put on good performances.
‘It’s a big understatement to say we should have scored more goals.
‘We have to make sure we don’t give teams the opportunity to get back into games and we should have scores more. We had numerous opportunities.
‘We should have won more comfortably, but we got the win we deserved.’