Andy Awford pinpointed the Pompey spirit as the key to a winning start as Blues boss.
Awford’s side eased their relegation fears with a massive 2-1 win over nine-man Newport County today.
Ryan Taylor and Jed Wallace got the crucial goals which put five points between 21st-placed Pompey and the relegation places.
Awford heaped praise on the determination of his players to see through the game and get the win.
He said: ‘We got there with our spirit and determination.
‘We used the spirit that flows through this football club.
‘I got a reaction and we most importantly got the three points.
‘But it wasn’t going to be easy because we’re Pompey!
‘The lads are naturally a bit nervous with things how they’ve been.
‘There was a hunger to see it through, though, and I’m proud of them.’