It was a positive – and eventful – way for Pompey to bring the curtain down on a successful 2018.
Kenny Jackett’s side led and then fell behind to Fleetwood at Highbury before going on to secure a comfortable 5-2 victory.
Ben Thompson’s fine strike was cancelled out by Paddy Madden, with a Ched Evans penalty ensuring the hosts led at the break.
But Dean Marney saw red after the break, Brett Pitman levelled from the spot and Anton Walkes’ impressive strike saw Pompey take control.
Jamal Lowe’s brace then wrapped things up for the League One leaders and Jackett was delighted with what he saw.
The Blues boss said: “It was very satisfying and we had to overcome many obstacles to get that result.
“We looked to have good control of the match and then, for one reason or another, went in behind at the break.
"It was very satisfying and we had to overcome many obstacles to get that result."
“But I still felt there was a long way to go and that we could get our game going again in the second half.
“That proved to be the case and we started very positively. It was great to see so many goals going in, especially because Fleetwood have so many dangerous forward players of their own.
“It always looked like bookings might mount up for them and that proved to be the case. I thought it was the correct decision.
“I felt the penalty against us was harsh, but was confident the referee would give one for the foul on Ronan Curtis.
“You need good character because there will always be ups and downs to overcome if you want to be successful.
“I’m pleased with our players because they showed that – as well as plenty of quality – to get the three points.
“It felt like we did need more goals at 3-2 because they were throwing everything at us. It was 11v10 and we needed to make them pay.”
Oli Hawkins was an enforced absentee in the north-west, while Gareth Evans had to be content with a place on the bench.
Jackett said: “Oli had a bad ankle, but we brought him up and were reasonably optimistic that he’d be fit, so we hope he’ll be okay for Tuesday.
“Gareth is a very hard-working midfield player and so I felt he needed a game out to top up those energy levels.”
The downside for Pompey was seeing Lee Brown limp off, although Brandon Haunstrup impressed in his place.
Jackett said: “He defended well and got hurt after turning, but hopefully it’s not too bad. It’s frustrating, but it was an opportunity for Brandon and I thought he looked good.”