Lee Brown was happy with the character on display from Pompey at the Crown Ground.
But the left-back insists that it will count for nothing if they fail to build on their 2-2 draw with Accrington.
Ronan Curtis’ early strike was cancelled out by Harry Pell and Matt Butcher then put the hosts into the lead.
Marcus Harness grabbed an equaliser for the dominant Blues, though, and Brown felt the performance warranted more.
He said: “We’ve probably come away as the unhappier team because we deserved a victory from that game.
“There were certainly enough chances for us to win three matches, but ultimately it hasn’t gone that way.
"It was definitely okay from us, although should we be jumping up and down with bells on? Certainly not."
“Did we show more fight? Yes. Do we need to show that on a more consistent basis? 100 per cent. You can’t just do that on one day.
“We need to bring that into the next game and make sure that we’re able to create the same number of chances.
“I know we conceded two goals, but I felt that we looked more solid. They weren’t really troubling us and Gavin didn’t have a lot to do.
“So it was definitely okay from us, although should we be jumping up and down with bells on? Certainly not.
“Our form of late has, quite simply, not been good enough and I don’t want to hear anyone talking about runs now.
“We just want to take care of the next match, give everything in that and do our utmost to come away with a win.”