Tom Naylor revelled in a hard-earned Pompey victory after finally enjoying a positive outcome at Glanford Park.
Kenny Jackett’s side extended their lead at the top of League One with a 2-1 triumph at Scunthorpe this afternoon.
It was the first time in five matches the Blues have won at the home of the Irons, a ground constructed in 1988.
Yet the win wasn't without its scares, despite Naylor and Gareth Evans putting them in pole position with two first-half goals.
Lee Novak pulled one back on 60 minutes to change the complexion of the game.
But the Blues held out for a 10th away victory in all competitions this season.
Naylor said: ‘We were comfortable in the first half, we should have scored more goals, but I thought we defended brilliantly from back to front.
‘For their goal, I was speaking to Craig (MacGillivray) after the game, the flight of the ball was moving and he tried to flick it away and it dropped to them and they scored.
‘After that I thought we defended well, the reaction was good and we got the three points.
‘That’s what happens in League One when a team gets a goal back and Scunthorpe is a hard place to come, we’ll take that, our confidence is flying, everyone is buzzing after three points.
‘It could have been a lot more for us and we will go again on Tuesday.’