It has taken him 24 appearances, but Andy Cannon is delighted to open his Pompey account.
The midfielder had been in sparkling form before a glute injury saw him sidelined for much of February.
But he was back in the side to face MK Dons at Fratton Park, opening the scoring in a 3-1 victory that took the Blues up to fifth in the League One standings.
Cannon slotted home from a Ryan Williams cut-back, although thought it wise to dilute his celebrations.
He said: “I was just glad to get out there again, help us pick up three points and score my first goal for the club.
“I’ve been waiting a long time for it and I was looking for a knee slide, but the pitch didn’t seem right to do it!
"I was just glad to get out there again, help us pick up three points and score my first goal for the club."
“So I just enjoyed the moment instead and to be honest, I’m not really sure how I decided to celebrate in the end.
“I’ve been saying that it was coming and it finally has, although there was a moment later when I got a stud mark right down my leg.
“It went numb for a couple of minutes and I just thought ‘here we go again’, but it’s fine and I’m ready to go on Friday.
“The recovery had taken a bit longer than I thought, although we didn’t want to rush it and the manager’s done everything right.
“It’s not nice to be out injured because I was desperate to be back on the pitch and I’m glad to get this game out of the way.”
Cannon had words of praise for Pompey’s opponents, who are sitting down in 18th position after seeing their five-match unbeaten run come to an end.
He said: “MK Dons played some great football and didn’t look like a side who are in the bottom end of the table.”