It was a moment that would normally have lifted the roof off the Fratton End.
Unfortunately, there were no fans inside the ground to watch Marcus Harness fire Pompey into a second half lead against Ipswich.
It ultimately proved enough to secure a 2-1 victory, with Tom Naylor having earlier cancelled out James Norwood’s opener.
And having gone almost five months without finding the net in the league, Harness was delighted with his contribution.
He said: “To be back among it is amazing and hopefully I can push on during these next 11 games and get the goals and assists to help the team.
"It was a really exciting performance and we’re happy with the result because it gives us something to build on."
“It’s been a long time coming. I was doing a different job in the team and so perhaps wasn’t getting into those areas as much.
“It was a really exciting performance and we’re happy with the result because it gives us something to build on.
“I know some people have said it looks like we don’t care at times, but everyone in that changing room gives their all.
“We’ve always tried to do well, but we just went on a bit of a spiral. We struggled and that happens in football.”
The result meant new head coach Danny Cowley got off to a winning start following the departure of Kenny Jackett the previous week.
Harness said: “The manager tried to give us information without overloading us and I think they did that well.
“It was disappointing to see Kenny go and I felt terrible personally – the players certainly had a part to play.
“But now we have to move on from that and push on for the rest of the season to try to get promoted.”