Jed Wallace’s leveller earned Pompey a 1-1 draw at Plymouth in their lunchtime League Two clash.
The Blues midfielder cracked home a sweet strike six minutes before the break after Conor Hourihane had put the Pilgrims ahead on 21 minutes.
Pompey made a sloppy start to the contest and might have fallen behind early when Curtis Nelson put a header wide from six yards out.
But the Blues did go a goal down after a shocking piece of defending from Yassin Moutaouakil.
The right-back presented Hourihane with an easy chance after he attempted to chest down a cross inside his own box, and the Plymouth man made no mistake as he hammered his shot past Trevor Carson.
Guy Whittingham’s side finally found some form as half-time approached when Wallace injected some much-needed quality into proceedings.
Moutaouakil’s cross just evaded John Marquis but the loose ball fell nicely to Wallace, who took a touch and picked his spot with a fine finish.
Neither side really deserved to win the game after the break.
But Moutaouakil capped a mixed day with a brilliant last-ditch tackle to deny Reuben Reid when the Plymouth man seemed certain to score.
While Pompey will ask a few questions on why they started the game so poorly, they did at least get themselves back into the contest for a share of the spoils.