Michael Appleton is ‘confident’ Joel Ward will not be leaving Fratton Park.
And he believes neither will any of his team-mates after Pompey kick-started their survival push in style.
Instead, Pompey are poised to bring in new faces, with former Cardiff defender Gabor Gyepes currently on trial with the club.
Ward held talks with the Tractor Boys on Sunday over a potential loan move, ahead of a permanent summer switch.
However, he started last night’s 4-1 thumping of Birmingham. The Emsworth youngster has also made it known he doesn’t want to leave his home-town club.
That sentiment is backed by Appleton, who is desperate for Ward to assist in pulling off a potential Great Escape.
And the Blues boss is convinced he will have his way ahead of tomorrow’s emergency loan deadline.
Appleton said: ‘Hopefully, that result has put players leaving to bed a little bit.
‘If there is a slim chance of staying up, keeping your best players at the club is going to be important.
‘We have lost four players who arguably would be in the starting XI every week, so to lose one or two more would be a little bit damaging towards trying to stay in the division.
‘Joel had a chat at Ipswich on Sunday. But at the end of the day he is very committed, as you probably saw from the performance last night.
‘He doesn’t want to go anywhere, he wants to stay and fight. Hopefully we are in a position where there is enough money in the kitty to keep us going until April 28.
‘I am confident Joel will stay. I am confident we are in a position where we might be able to keep him.’