Nicky Shorey felt Pompey’s display proved they were not wallowing in pity for their former boss as he came back from his own three-month sabbatical.
The former England left-back was drafted back into the team for the 1-0 loss at Stevenage by caretaker boss Gary Waddock after Andy Awford’s tenure ended on Monday.
You can’t wallow in it – that’s footballNicky Shorey
Shorey may well have been back in Awford’s selection anyway as a clutch of injuries struck.
But the experienced defender, who had not seen first-team action since January, admitted Pompey had to get back to business as quickly as possible after the managerial change.
Shorey said: ‘Obviously, it’s upsetting but that is the business we are in.
‘I’ve seen a few comings and goings down the years and I’m likely to see a few more.
‘You can be in this position as many times as you like, but it’s always a shock when it happens.
‘We’ve seen it all before and we’ll see it again but we just have to get on with it.
‘The staff have been excellent in the way they have prepared us.
‘We got in, we got the news and that’s it – then you go out for training and get ready for the game.
‘He (Awford) came in and told us. He said a few words because that’s the type of guy he is.
‘I have a lot of respect for him but he said goodbye and then it’s back to business.
‘You can’t wallow in it – that’s football.
‘But I think we showed that we weren’t wallowing with the performance and we need to take that on into the next game.’
The 34-year-old, who is out of contract this summer, believes the Blues were worth a point for their efforts.
He said: ‘It was just nice to be back involved again.
‘I thought we were worth a point, to be honest.
‘They are up there and they are looking to get promoted.
‘It’s disappointing to concede an early goal again but we weathered that little storm.
‘A few words were said at half-time and I think there was a big improvement.
‘It felt like we pinned them in for long periods and we looked pretty solid at the back.’
– STEVE WILSON