It is very early days, but Pompey can be pleased with the start they have made to the 2021/22 campaign.
Successive League One victories over Fleetwood and Crewe have sent confidence soaring among supporters.
And George Hirst is also feeling good following his summer arrival on a season-long loan deal from Leicester.
The striker has made three appearances from the bench and is hoping a first Blues goal will arrive soon.
He said: “It’s a great set of lads here and we’ve all got the same aspirations – which is a big part of why I came to the club.
“We want to get this team up the table and after the performance on Saturday, I think we’ve definitely started the right way.
"All the lads are in very high spirits ahead of facing Shrewsbury on Tuesday and hoping to make it three wins in the league."
“The atmosphere against Crewe was special. I’ve had a few messages saying it wasn’t even full yet, so that’s something else to look forward to.
“It was frightening – one of the best I’ve ever experienced. The gaffer said at half-time that the crowd could suck the ball into the net when we were going towards the Fratton End.
“All the lads are in very high spirits ahead of facing Shrewsbury on Tuesday and hoping to make it three wins in the league.”
Hirst’s father David is a former England international who was a League Cup winner with Sheffield Wednesday in 1991
The 22-year-old said: “He hasn’t been down yet – he’s told me that he’s not going to come and watch unless I’m starting, so I need to pull my finger out!
“He likes to see as many of my games as possible, although it’s a little bit more difficult with him in Sheffield.
“There are a lot of matches for us up north this season, so I’m sure he’ll be coming to quite a few of them.”