If they release a DVD of Pompey’s trip to Lincoln, viewers could be forgiven for fast forwarding through the opening 45 minutes.
But a soporific affair was brought to life in stoppage-time before the break, as Ronan Curtis curled home a fine free-kick.
The action was then vastly improved after the interval and the visitors wrapped up all three points through a late John Marquis penalty.
And with a clean sheet added to the plus column, it was a thoroughly pleasing evening’s work for Kenny Jackett.
The Blues boss said: “The bobbly pitch made it tough for both sides, particularly in the opening half when there was a lack of cutting edge.
“But we got the vital first goal with a terrific free-kick from Ronan and I felt we were the stronger team after the break.
"It was a good, hard-working performance from everyone and we closed down well from the front."
“Another goal always seemed to be coming and we deserved it, although it took us a little while to get it.
“I’m delighted that John was able to put the penalty away and I felt that we were the dominant side overall.
“It was a good, hard-working performance from everyone and we closed down well from the front – I’m not just talking about the back four.
“That solidity is a big part of any side that wins promotion and we want to keep consistent partnerships."
The result saw Pompey climb into the play-off places and they are now six points off the top two with a couple of games in hand.
Jackett said: “It’s the first time this season, but the division is still open – I’ve been saying it for a while, but I still feel it’s the case.
“I’m pleased to say that we’re very much still in it, although there are a high number of teams that can get into that top six.
“It’s a cracking game to look forward to against Sunderland on Saturday now and both clubs will be doing everything they can to get into those promotion places.”