It was certainly not the most convincing or aesthetically pleasing Pompey performance of all time.
But Tom Naylor was still pleased that they managed to collect all three points against MK Dons at Fratton Park.
His early header was cancelled out by Scott Fraser’s penalty, only for Ellis Harrison to then net from the spot at the other end.
And despite the visitors dominating the ball following the interval, Naylor was delighted that they could not find a way through.
The Blues skipper said: “It’s a great win and we knew at the start that it would be a high-possession game for them.
“They’ve been doing that all season and they are a hard side to play through, so it was tough, but we’ve got the three points in the end.
“I scored to make it 1-0 early doors and then unfortunately we gave the penalty away, but got one ourselves to retake the lead.
"It’s a great win and we knew at the start that it would be a high-possession game for them."
“There was a lot of movement from left to right and so you’re shuffling over to break play up as much as you can.
“It was frustrating out there at times, although the important thing is the result against a side who I believe are in a false position in the league.
“Credit to MK Dons and I’m sure they’ll do well this season, but we got the win and everyone was buzzing.
“That’s three on the bounce now and that creates confidence, which you’re going to need moving forward.”
Naylor nodded home Lee Brown’s corner in just the second minute of the contest to open his account for the season.
He said: “I watched the goal back and it’s a good header to be fair, although I was on the floor and didn’t know it had gone in at first.
“The lads just came running over to me, so that’s when I knew that I’d scored. I hadn’t got one for a while.
“It would have been nice if the fans had been there to see it, but after scoring the own-goal last week, it was nice to get one at the right end.”