Michael Appleton pinpointed the Pompey fans as key to the club’s fight for survival following their show of force at Blackpool.
Appleton paid tribute to the magnificent travelling blue army who came out fighting in passionate fashion at Bloomfield Road on Saturday.
Around 1,500 supporters roared their backing from start to finish in front of the Sky television cameras in the 1-1 draw.
It was a display which spoke of the fans’ passion and determination to battle in the face of the adversity their club again faces.
Appleton admitted he was blown away by the backing as fans undertook a ‘protest Poznan’ and turned their back on the game for two minutes at the start of the second-half.
That was in an effort to show unity and highlight the problems the club is facing to the watching nation.
Appleton believes their partisan backing will be key with the club heading into more uncertainty.
He said: ‘What can you say about those fans?
‘It just felt like a home game for us.
‘They were fantastic and to travel and support the boys like they did was something else.
‘It was a statement from them, and I just hope it continues over the next couple of months, which I’m sure it will.
‘We are going to face a lot of challenges, a lot of ups and downs.
‘If we can have that support like that at away games, as well as filling Fratton, then it will give us a great opportunity.
‘I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that.
‘To travel the distance they did and support the boys like they did was brilliant.
‘It shows you that they are prepared to do everything they can to keep this club in a good place.
‘There will be a lot of twist and turns and we are going to need them.’
With the club headed towards administration, Appleton is still waiting to hear details on just if and when that process will take place.
He is prepared for the worst on that point and expects to see points come off the club’s current total.
But he is confident he has a united squad behind him to fight on, despite all the issues they are facing,
Appleton said: ‘As far as the players go I can’t ask for more from them.
‘We have a small squad and I’m asking them to put in shift after shift after shift.
‘I’m not in a position to freshen things up.
‘You only had to look at the back of their programme to see that. It’s embarrassing.
‘If we get the points taken off we’re ready for it. We have to make the players ready for that.
‘We have the smallest squad in all the Football League but we have a group of players who are desperate to do well.’