Erik Huseklepp destroyed Steve Cotterill’s Pompey return – then thanked his former boss for making it all possible.
The Norwegian international netted twice as the Blues ran out 3-0 winners over Nottingham Forest.
Dave Kitson grabbed the other goal to complete a miserable afternoon for the man who walked out on Fratton Park 22 days earlier.
It was not without irony that Huseklepp was the chief destroyer.
He was Cotterill’s last permanent signing – a £1.5m capture from Italian side Bari.
The 27-year-old is steadily adjusting to the English game.
And he savoured one of his most impressive displays yet for the visit of Forest.
He said: ‘I owe him (Cotterill) my thanks for bringing me here.
‘I had a good impression of him before he left.
‘I said hello to him before the game and thanked him for the game afterwards.
‘It was nice.
‘Of course it has been a challenge for me since he went because he was the one that got me. But these things happen in football, you can’t do anything about it.
‘For me, it was about the game on Saturday, nothing else.’
Huseklepp took his tally to three goals in 13 games since his arrival.
In addition to Saturday’s double, his corner also created Kitson’s goal.
And he was delighted with his man-of-the-match display.
He added: ‘For the first goal, I got a good first touch, went past one defender and then I just hit it very well.
‘You never know, you have to see if it goes in, but I felt I hit it well enough.
‘I don’t usually score the easy ones, I tend to miss them.
‘So it was nice to see the second go in as well.’