Paul Cook played down Pompey’s rise to the top of the League Two table after their 2-1 win at Bristol Rovers.
His unbeaten side chalked up a deserved victory after a first-half Gareth Evans header was cancelled out early in the second half.
But Jayden Stockley netted the winner midway through the second period to maintain the momentum in the September sunshine.
Cook said: ‘I’m not getting too high about the result.
‘It’s great to be where we are after nine games but football has a habit of kicking you in the teeth.
‘We will enjoy this one and move on to the next game.
‘I thought we were excellent and it was a really good game of football.
‘Being Portsmouth manager, you are judged on game to game and that is the reality of the job.
‘But we always looked a threat going forward and I thought our two centre-halves were outstanding.
‘I thought it was two good sides having a good game and it was played in the right spirit.’