Liam Lawrence admitted his shock at the loss of Erik Huseklepp but insisted: We still have the quality to beat the drop.
The Pompey skipper issued a call to arms in the wake of the Norwegian’s departure on loan to Birmingham for the rest of the season.
The Blues quickly drafted in Scott Allan from West Brom as a replacement.
Lawrence is now hoping there are no further losses to a first-team squad he believes is still good enough to stay up.
He said: ‘I hope we don’t lose more players.
‘I’ve never been in this situation before and I’m seeing things all the time which are new to me.
‘When I came in and it was announced Erik was leaving on loan, I was quite shocked.
‘We can survive. We have got Luke Varney, David Norris and myself to come back and that will help us.
‘If we get everyone fully fit, I think we’ll be fine.’
Lawrence admits the ongoing turmoil at Fratton Park is an alien situation to him, even though he started his career at Mansfield.
He said: ‘I’ve never known this.
‘I’ve been lucky and never been in this situation.
‘I’ve been at Sunderland and Stoke, which are also big clubs.
‘But I was at Mansfield and it was never like this – although I did have to wash my own kit.
‘It’s everything – not being paid and everything else.
‘We were bought and then the owners had to go, then we don’t get paid, we can’t get players in and we let our top goalscorer go.
‘It’s just one thing after another.’