Pompey’s players wanted to prove a point to the Fratton faithful.
And Hermann Hreidarsson is convinced that is precisely what they did in the goalless draw with Swansea.
It was a fixture which made it five matches without a win for Steve Cotterill’s side.
For Hreidarsson, though, it was a marked improvement on recent displays against Coventry and Cardiff.
The skipper for the afternoon was delighted with the effort and enthusiasm shown by his team-mates against the play-off hopefuls.
Considering Pompey have nothing left to play for other than pride this season, that attitude was warmly received by the fans.
And Hreidarsson believes Cotterill’s men could even have claimed the points.
He said: ‘We were disappointed in the last two games, which were maybe disrupted by the sendings off.
‘But at the end of the day we lost both 3-0.
‘On Saturday we were desperate to show everybody there is still a good team spirit and we want to fight for each other.
‘We are all professional footballers, we have a job to do here to please the fans, to hold our heads up high and prove we deserve to be out there and wear the shirt.
‘The least we can do is absolutely give everything for 90 minutes.
‘I think we can hold our heads high after that Swansea performance.
‘You have to admire the way Swansea play and I think we stopped them doing that.
‘We were in their faces and stifled them a bit and I enjoyed that.
‘I am a little bit disappointed because I could have scored.
‘In games like this you only get one chance to get the win.
‘Aaron also had one – we had the best chances in the game.’
Hreidarsson was a shock name on the teamsheet against the Swans.
The veteran defender had been expected to miss the fixture through the knee injury which forced him off against Cardiff City last weekend.
Yet he returned to training on Friday to make a late first-team charge.
And that was capped by being awarded the captaincy in the absence of the injured Liam Lawrence.
He added: ‘I had a knock on the knee against Cardiff which jarred a bit and swelled up so didn’t look too good.
‘But the swelling came right down and I trained on Friday.
‘I want to be out there playing games and was fine in training to play the next day.’