A Danny Hollands hat-trick was only good enough for a 3-3 draw with Plymouth on the final day of the League Two season.
The on-loan midfielder grabbed a 16-minute treble in an entertaining clash at a sun-drenched Fratton Park.
Hollands opened the scoring as he headed home Ryan Taylor’s superb cross in the 31st minute but Reuben Reid cancelled it out four minutes later.
The former Chelsea trainee then restored the lead, stabbing home player of the year Ricky Holmes’ low cross but Conor Hourihane’s free-kick found Trevor Carson’s bottom corner to make it 2-2 at half-time.
But Hollands was on target again, climbing to power home another excellent header two minutes after the restart as Holmes provided another searching cross.
It seemed it would be good enough for the Blues to sign off the season with a victory.
But Hourihane had the final say in the 89th minute, rifling home a shot after some sloppy Pompey defending to grab an equaliser and seal a 13th-place finish for Andy Awford’s side