Richie Barker spoke of his Pompey pride after his side picked up a point at league leaders Chesterfield.
The Blues’ televised fixture at the Proact Stadium finished goalless, yet the hosts could well have taken a win with them on the long journey home.
Jake Jervis hit a post in the first half, while Wes Fogden had an effort saved at point-blank range in the visitors’ best moments of an entertaining game.
In contrast, the high-flying Spireites struggled to break down a well-marshalled Pompey defence, with keeper Trevor Carson barely challenged.
And Barker was delighted with the display from his side, having been thumped 5-1 at Scunthorpe in their previous away match.
He said: ‘I am extremely proud. I said some pretty strong words nine days ago and was quite right to do so.
‘Just as I was disappointed that night, I am equally as proud of them tonight, if not more.
‘They were some of the best chances we created over the last couple of weeks.
‘In terms of Jake, he has done everything right and I think the keeper has got a touch on to the post.
‘Wes, if he mis-hits that, it goes in.
‘The fact we defended the way we did and created the chances as well is very pleasing.
‘We didn’t come here to set up for a 0-0, far from it, and I think the number of chances we created showed that.
‘We made sure we were difficult to beat and the players were excellent.’