An indifferent start to the campaign saw Ronan Curtis taken out of the side for a short spell.
But the Republic of Ireland international has certainly been making up for lost time lately, netting five goals in his past six outings.
That included a brace in the 3-0 victory at Rochdale and crucial strikes to secure wins against Harrogate and Rotherham.
Curtis accepts why he was previously taken out of the firing line and believes the break has helped him return to top form.
The winger said: “It’s always nice to get a few goals and hopefully I can keep the run going to help move us up the table.
“I feel like the little break I had did me the world of good, even though it was frustrating to be left out at the time.
“But I fought hard to get my place in the team back, feel like I’m now bigger and stronger, and can take things in my stride.
"I feel like the little break I had did me the world of good, even though it was frustrating to be left out at the time."
“Footballers always want to play and are disappointed when they can’t – the important thing is how you bounce back from that.
“All I really want to do is play as well as I possibly can for my team-mates, the gaffer and obviously the fans.”
Pompey host second-placed Ipswich on Saturday, while League One leaders Wycombe then visit on Boxing Day.
Curtis said: “We want to repay the fans for the performance at Accrington last week and do all we can to try to get the win.
“There have been a good few days in training and now we’re looking forward to facing the top two sides in the division.
“We know just how good we can be when we’re at home and the fans at Fratton Park are cheering us on.”