Gareth Evans was making his first League One start since a home draw with Oxford at the start of November.
And the decision to restore him to the line-up certainly paid dividends, as the midfielder capped a fine first half display with a goal to give Pompey the lead at Gillingham.
Unfortunately, it did not end in three points for the Blues, as their in-form hosts struck late on to secure a 1-1 draw.
And Evans was disappointed that they were unable to see the game out and provide a fitting reward for the travelling faithful.
He said: “It’s a difficult one to take and I wasn’t really aware of their home form in the lead-up to the game.
“When that’s taken into account it looks like a good point, but it’s frustrating when you’ve gone ahead.
"I’m in awe sometimes at the following we get on the road and we can only thank the fans for the support we receive."
“I initially thought Marcus was going to shoot, but I tried to make a late entry into the box and it was a lovely little ball that I just had to stick into the net.
“I’m in awe sometimes at the following we get on the road and we can only thank the fans for the support we receive.
“We were looking for that second goal to come after the break and unfortunately it never did, while they were able to scramble an equaliser.
“But it’s certainly something that we can now look to build on and try to take into our next away game.”
Evans was pleased to be given a chance to impress after being limited to cameo roles in recent weeks.
He said: “It’s been frustrating not to play much in the past couple of months, but you hope there will be an opportunity when the fixtures pile up.
“Lads are going to need resting at this point in the season, so it’s about remaining professional and ready to take the opportunity when it comes along.
“Thankfully, one of them came along and I was able to contribute by getting myself on the scoresheet.
“It’s a squad game and when you’re not in the team, you just have to support the lads, with everyone working together to get this club where they need to be.”