Walkes: Portsmouth character inspired Fleetwood triumph
Anton Walkes hailed Pompey's character after a stirring second-half display over Fleetwood.
The Blues found themselves 2-1 down at the break, despite having openedÂ the scoring through Ben Thompson.
Ched Evans' controversial penalty had handed Joey Barton's men the lead two minutes before half-time.
It was a decision which incensed Pompey, while earned Matt Clarke a first booking of the season following his challenge on Paddy Madden.
Yet Kenny Jackett's men responded superbly, aided by the 51st-minute dismissal of Dean Marney which turned the game.
Goals from Walkes, Brett Pitman and Jamal Lowe (two) subsequently secured a 5-2 triumph over the Cod Army.
And Walkes was delighted with the Blues' fighting spirit.
He said: '˜IfÂ we want to get to where we want toÂ at the end of the season, we are going to have to go through stages like that.
'˜We've had a few unfortunate results recently, but thisÂ just shows we haveÂ that character andÂ we finished strongly against Fleetwood.
'˜We needed a little bit of luck after a few decisions didn't go in our favour and it kind of balanced out. We made the most of it and are very happy to come away with three points.
'˜From what I saw, MattÂ made a genuine attempt for the ball, you've got to throw your body on the line and obviously they then scored from the penalty the referee had given.
'˜I'm not saying the decision was a bad one, it was just one of those things where sometimes you get them, sometimes you don't.
'˜But we got the win in the end '“ and that's what really matters.'