CHRIS MAGUIRE thanked Pompey for handing him a chance after his starring role in the 4-1 win over Birmingham.
The on-loan Derby striker repaid the faith which prompted manager Michael Appleton to bring him to Fratton Park earlier this month.
Maguire had already gone close twice before he cancelled out Birmingham’s early opener on Tuesday night – shooting home via a deflection in the second half.
Pompey went on to win the game in sensational fashion.
And, after being frozen out at Derby, Maguire was delighted to play his part in the resounding success.
The Scotland international said: ‘I wasn’t getting first-team football with Derby, and if you ask any player, they don’t enjoy not playing.
‘I’m no different. I want to get out there and play and get a bit of experience in this league.
‘I’m glad that the manager gave me a chance to come down and do that. I’m loving every minute of it.’
It was a night when new hope flooded around Fratton Park.
Not just that Pompey can achieve another amazing Great Escape by securing Championship safety.
But also that Michael Appleton will not see more players snatched away from his already threadbare squad, before today’s emergency loan deadline slams shut.
Pompey fans were visibly lifted by their team’s display.
And Maguire has been touched by the support from the Fratton faithful during his short time at the club.
He added: ‘My first game was away at Brighton and the fans there didn’t stop singing.
‘I’ve had two home games now and they have been absolutely brilliant.’