IT WASN’T quite a Pedro Mendes moment in terms of intensity.
But Jed Wallace’s stoppage-time winner against Exeter on Saturday awoke memories of the most famous last-gasp goals in Pompey folklore.
Mendes’ late, late howitzer against Manchester City in 2006, of course, sparked the most memorable of Great Escapes.
The hope is Wallace’s last-ditch strike against Exeter can now spark a similar run.
Five wins and two draws across nine Premier League games culminated in an impossible run to safety being completed at Wigan’s JJB Stadium.
The relief from Wallace and the Pompey fans was palpable at Fratton Park at the weekend, as he delivered in time added on after horribly missing from the penalty spot on 73 minutes.
It was a big boost to the Blues’ League Two campaign, but maybe not quite as exultant as some of the famous stoppage-time strikes down the years.
Mendes leads the way on that front – but pushing him close is David Norris.
The midfielder’s goal at St Mary’s in 2012 silenced partying Southampton supporters on their own patch.
It ensured they didn’t take the derby bragging rights as Norris thumped in a luscious volley from outside the box in the 2-2 draw.
The manner of the late goal ensured it felt like a win for Pompey fans.
And to underline the point there are some cracking YouTube clips still knocking around – none more humorous than one shot in the home end, which sees a Southampton fan go from very cocky to humbled in a flash of Norris’ left boot.
December 22, 1984, is also indelibly marked in the magical late-goal annals.
That was when ‘Santa time’ allowed Pompey to pick up a memorable 2-1 win over Oxford in their top-of-the-table Division Two clash.
Alan Ball’s team were trailing 1-0 to Kevin Brock’s 68th-minute strike when play was held up for a fan, dressed in full Father Christmas regalia, invading the pitch.
That created much mirth, but also the stoppage-time goals, as Alan Biley fired in two headers and sent the majority of the 22,446 crowd into raptures.
It was a similar story at the death back in 1971 as Pompey gave then-Division- One big guns Arsenal the fright of their lives in the FA Cup.
The fourth-round meeting was played out in incessant rain in front of a crowd of 39,659 at Fratton Park.
Pompey fell behind to Peter Storey’s first-half penalty as the Gunners went in front. But it was one-way traffic as the match neared its close and the Blues went in search of a leveller.
That arrived late, just like Mike Trebilcock did at the back post, to earn a lucrative replay at Highbury.
In the second game, Ron Tindall’s side showed more fighting spirit as they gave the Londoners, who completed the double that year, a scare before losing 3-2.
Most recently, and with Pompey relegated from the Championship going into stoppage-time, Dave Kitson and Marko Futacs struck to earn a 4-3 win at Doncaster in 2012, and earn their side a second-tier stay of execution.
They are all rare and cherished memories, especially, as Pompey fans will testify, it’s normally their team doing the conceding in stoppage time!