With the battle for League One promotion hotting up, there are going to be a few tense weeks ahead.
But Gareth Evans is looking forward to being involved in some key contests, as Pompey chase Championship football for the first time since 2012.
They currently find themselves in fourth spot and just three points behind second-placed Sunderland with six games remaining.
Evans is eager to see how he would fare at a higher level and has urged the Blues to grasp the opportunity of ending the campaign on a high.
The midfielder said: “I love the run-in to the season – it’s an exciting time and hopefully we’ll get what we want at the end of it.
“It’s a bit boring to say, but we just have to concentrate on ourselves and try to win the games that lie ahead.
"I’ve always wanted to test myself at Championship level. I’ve never really lost belief that I can do that."
“I’ve always wanted to test myself at Championship level. I’ve never really lost belief that I can do that.
“We felt a little bit down after the Charlton game and perhaps there were a few people thinking the opportunity for automatic promotion had gone.
“But fast forward a few weeks and we find ourselves with a real chance now – hopefully it’s one we can take.
“It’s persistence more than anything. We’ve kept trying to do the right things and that hard work seems to be paying off.”
Pompey have turned to a former Rochdale player for advice ahead of Saturday’s clash with the relegation-threatened side at Fratton Park.
Evans said: “They’re fighting for their lives and Andy Cannon has been telling us about all the good players they’ve got.
“There has been a change of manager since he was there, so I’m not sure how reliable his knowledge is, but it’s nice to get a few pointers.”