Guy Whittingham saluted Pompey’s response to their Derby disappointment.
The Blues bounced back from Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Pride Park to grab a point at Crystal Palace last night.
The reaction against the high-flying Eagles was precisely what he and fellow caretaker manager Stuart Gray had demanded from the players.
The fixture could even have yielded a victory, with Jason Pearce hitting the post and Dave Kitson wasting a glorious stoppage-time header.
As it was, the Blues chalked up a seventh point from the temporary duo’s five matches in charge.
And Whittingham was delighted with the effort on display.
He said: ‘I am pleased coming off a bad result at Derby. First and foremost, it was about keeping a clean sheet, which was a great achievement.
‘What’s more, the overall performance was a great reaction from the players.
‘Everybody was disappointed with what happened at Derby and we put that behind us and came out and gave a battling performance, that’s for sure.
‘They have got a few quick players so you know you have to be resilient. You know you have to put your foot in and your head in and I thought we did that really well.
‘Obviously, Dave Kitson is very disappointed at the end but you try to remind him the good work he has done defensively and that is what last night was about – not conceding.
‘With Jason Pearce also hitting the post, you look at the chances we have had and we created them again.
‘Palace had their chances as well but, overall, we are pleased with a point and probably might have been able to win it at the end.’