Pompey hope that their stay outside the top six in League One will be a brief one.
They fell to seventh following defeat at Fleetwood on Saturday, but will climb back in with victory over MK Dons this evening.
But promotion is not the only thing to fight for, with the Blues facing Arsenal in the fifth round of the FA Cup next week and then competing in April’s Leasing.com Trophy final.
Ross McCrorie is excited about what lies ahead in the coming weeks, although his main focus is the quest for points.
“It’s the business end of the season, but we’ve still got a lot of games to play,” he says in the official matchday magazine for tonight’s contest. “We’re in the fight for promotion, we’re still in the FA Cup and we’re heading to Wembley for a final.
“It’s nice to have so much to play for in three different competitions – it shows how well we’ve done so far and you can see the depth that exists in our squad.
"A couple of poor results could see you drop right the way down, while you can easily move to the top if things go the other way."
“There are plenty of points on the board and now we need to make sure that we pick up plenty more because it’s so tight at the top of the table.
“A couple of poor results could see you drop right the way down, while you can easily move to the top if things go the other way.”
To read the full interview – where McCrorie also discusses Pompey’s stuttering start to the season and facing Arsenal – pick up your copy of the magazine from programme sellers around the ground.
Also in issue 25, Reeco Hackett-Fairchild reveals his bests and worsts, while Brandon Haunstrup selects his dream dinner party guests.
We take an extensive look at MK Dons, while there are exclusive columns from chief executive Mark Catlin, manager Kenny Jackett, skipper Tom Naylor and broadcaster Ian Darke.
All this and much, much more can be found in a packed 84 pages, with the programme priced just £3.