Viv Solomon-Otabor hopes a starring role at Walsall can help him nail down a regular slot in the Pompey side.
It was the winger’s fourth start since arriving on loan from Birmingham on the final day of the transfer window.
And he made the most of the opportunity – scoring the Blues’ decisive third goal in a victory that keeps them in the promotion hunt.
Now Solomon-Otabor will be looking to keep his place in the team when Scunthorpe head south on Saturday.
He said: “We’re all here to play football and so of course it’s frustrating when you’re not able to do that.
“But it’s a team game and that means everyone has to stick together, while making sure you grab that opportunity when it comes along.
"We’re all here to play football and so of course it’s frustrating when you’re not able to do that."
“We’ve got threats in those wide areas and our personalities on the pitch can help the team in different ways, which is something the manager’s recognised.
“But we know now that we need to keep winning game after game and make sure we take that mentality into each one.
“I don’t really look at the league table, but just focus on the task ahead – which is facing Scunthorpe on Saturday.”
Solomon-Otabor came into the side on Tuesday following a nasty finger injury for Ronan Curtis and opened his Pompey account with a neat finish.
He said: “The most important thing was to win, but it made it even better that I scored my first goal for the club.
“I could tell that Jamal was going to pass it across for me and then I just needed to make sure I slotted the ball into the corner.
“It was a bit of a surprise to be starting, but you never know what can happen with injuries and the important thing is that Ronan’s going to be alright.”