Personal pride is driving Pompey’s players on to achieve the impossible.
That is the verdict of Scott Allan as the Blues attempt to beat the odds and remain in the Championship.
Successive victories over Doncaster and Crystal Palace have taken Michael Appleton’s men to within five points of fourth-from-bottom Bristol City.
Just two matches remain, with Derby visiting Fratton Park on Saturday, before the Blues make the trip to Nottingham Forest a week later.
It was Allan’s deflected goal which put Pompey on the road to defeating Crystal Palace 2-1 on Tuesday night.
And he revealed their self-respect won’t let them ease up in the fight to avoid the drop to League One.
He said: ‘Every time we step on the pitch there is personal pride.
‘We are all football players and nobody wants to be relegated.
‘So that’s the way we look at it when we go on to the pitch. We want to win a game of football.
‘Anybody can beat anybody in this league. That’s what makes it possible for Bristol City to lose their next two games and for us to win.
‘We are doing our bit and looking after ourselves first and foremost, though.
‘It would be good to take it to the last day of the season. If that’s the case then you never know what could happen.
‘That’s what we are looking forward to trying to achieve.
‘I don’t know much about Derby, to be honest – but it’s not about them.
‘We need to go out and do what we have been doing to win the game. Simple as that.’
In-form Chris Maguire will have to sit out the encounter with his parent club under the terms of his loan deal.
That will open the door for one of Appleton’s squad to step in.
And Allan is confident the winning candidate won’t let anyone down.
He added: ‘We are without Chris, but that opens the door for other players. There are people like Marko Futacs and Ashley Harris as well.
‘They are capable of coming in and doing a really good job.
‘Chris is going to be a big loss but there are good players to come in and get us the three points.’