Pompey picked up just their third league win of the season on the road at Mansfield today.
Goals from Matt Tubbs and Jed Wallace gave the Blues a 2-1 success and helped caretaker boss Gary Waddock to his first win.
The game’s key moment came after just 41 seconds when Stags captain Ritchie Sutton conceded a penalty and was sent off for a professional foul on Wallace.
Tubbs dispatched the resulting spot-kick and gave the home side a mountain to climb.
Mansfield had their chances through the likes of Rakish Bingham and Junior Brown after the restart.
That man Wallace doubled the advantage, though, after 55 minutes with his 17th goal of the season from 30 yards.
The ever-impressive midfielder’s effort fired into the ground and over the helpless Stags keeper Lenny Pidgeley.
Mansfield’s reply was a stunning 25 yarder from Jack Thomas after 67 minutes.
That set the game up for a decent finale, with a fair degree of excitement for a game with nothing on it as the Stags pushed forward.
Pompey held on, though, to give their 1,091 travelling fans amid a crowd of 4,222 a final away day to cherish.
Those supporters, with many clad in fancy dress, savoured every moment as they partied on the full-time whistle.