Ricky Holmes has promised to keep up the work-rate after forcing his way into Pompey’s starting line-up.
And the attacking talent has insisted it’s a high-tempo game which is needed to get his side’s season firing in League Two.
Holmes started his third game in eight days against Chesterfield on Saturday.
That showed his fitness is now nearing the levels he is aiming for after a stop-start pre-season.
The former Barnet midfielder’s progress was slowed when picking up a foot injury after standing on a sprinkler at the Hawks’ Westleigh Park home.
But the 26-year-old has shown an appetite for hard graft after finally pushing his way into Guy Whittingham’s side.
He feels a desire to hassle and harry opponents is one which reaps dividends at the level Pompey are playing at.
Holmes said: ‘I like to work hard. That’s how I play.
‘I’m a bit gung-ho at times.
‘But I thrive on the graft.
‘If you work hard, you make the opposition make errors.
‘We’re in League Two for a reason, because people will make errors.
‘So if you put them under pressure they will make mistakes – that’s what I’m about.
‘I’ll work my backside off and get the ball and run at people.
‘The sharper I get the easier it will be to get out there and do it for 90 minutes.
‘People will see a bigger character come out from me as I play and we win games.’