There are first goals for your club and then there is what Jay Mingi did against Stevenage at Fratton Park.
The midfielder held off the challenge of one opponents and then nutmegged another before calmly slotting home.
It set Pompey on their way to a 3-0 victory that secured progress to the quarter-finals of the Papa Johns Trophy.
And Mingi was delighted that it was a moment of individual brilliance rather than a scuffed finish that opened his Blues account.
He said: “It was an amazing feeling to score my first Pompey goal – and especially because of the way I got it.
“I thought it would probably be a deflection or something like that. There was a pass on, but I saw the space open up and just went for it.
"I was a bit surprised that I’d just done that and there were a lot of emotions running through my head. I forgot to celebrate!"
“It’s a split-second decision that you make and it paid off. I panicked when the keeper came out, so I just had relax myself.
“I was a bit surprised that I’d just done that and there were a lot of emotions running through my head. I forgot to celebrate!
“I’ve always enjoyed going on those mazy little runs and so it’s nice that’s finally ended up with a goal.
“The gaffer congratulated me and said he was proud. I’m not stopping and hoping it’s the first of many.”
Mingi wants Pompey to capitalise on their dominant display when they host MK Dons in the league this weekend.
He said: “It was a needed win and clean sheet for us. It’s good for the confidence of the team and for our morale. Hopefully that builds on to Saturday.”