Prior to this weekend, Lee Brown had only scored once in 105 appearances in a Pompey shirt.
So there was little expectation for the fit-again left-back to be their goalscoring hero at AFC Wimbledon.
But he struck twice in the closing stages of the first half to help secure a 3-1 victory that ensures the Blues’ play-off hopes are in their own hands ahead of the final round of League One fixtures.
Ronan Curtis – who had earlier cancelled out Joe Pigott’s opener – played a key role in both of the goals.
Brown was pleased with the contribution of his team-mate, but is not getting carried away by the win.
He said: “It’s all smiles because we’ve got a massive result, although nothing’s done yet and there’s still a lot of work to do.
“I learnt earlier in my career not to celebrate too early and we’ve got an important game to come next week.
"It’s all smiles because we’ve got a massive result, although nothing’s done yet and there’s still a lot of work to do."
“We’re not in the play-offs yet and everyone knows we now need to get another win against Accrington.
“But scoring two goals is obviously a nice feeling for me. It’s not about that, though – it’s about a win for Portsmouth Football Club.
“Ronan and I get in those positions quite a lot and everyone talks about the goal, but the timing of the release of the ball for the first one goes unnoticed.
“It’s not as easy as you might think and there are plenty of players who won’t get that right, so credit to him.”
Brown had been sidelined for three weeks after hurting his hamstring against Burton and is pleased to be back.
He said: “It’s always frustrating when you have to watch things from afar – that’s the same for all players, not just me.
“Nobody wants to be injured and especially at this time of the season when there’s so much for us to play for.
“I’m happy to be back again now and, touch wood, I can stay fully fit and keep helping the team as much as I can.”