Just over a week ago, Ronan Curtis came off the bench at Wembley in an international friendly against England.
He followed that up with a first competitive Republic of Ireland start against Bulgaria in the Nations League.
And the forward was clearly in confident mood when he returned to his club, playing a starring role in Pompey’s 4-1 victory over Crewe.
Curtis scored the opening two goals at Fratton Park to take his personally tally for the season to eight.
He said: “John Marquis cut the ball back for me and I was able to slot it into the bottom corner. Then, for the second, I took it past the defender and keeper.
“The referee played a good advantage for me because it would have been a penalty, so I’m grateful to him.
"I’m feeling good and the confidence is higher after going away on international duty and getting some game time."
“We’ve got great attacking players – and a really strong team overall – and we all work hard on our finishing.
“I’m feeling good and the confidence is higher after going away on international duty and getting some game time.
“It was unbelievable to be back at Wembley again, although this time with no fans. Hopefully they’ll be back as soon as possible.”
Pompey showed their usual devastating quality on the break to see off a Crewe outfit who saw plenty of the ball.
Curtis said: “It was a great afternoon. We knew what we had to do against a really good side and it was always going to be hard.
“Crewe are a possession team and we had to get them on the counter-attack, which was really effective for us.
“It’s something we’re always trying to get right during training and it’s helped us to get another league victory.
“So now we need to keep doing what we’ve done in recent weeks and then see where we are at the end of the season.”