After a storming start to the season, Pompey had started to slip down the League One standings.
So Michael Jacobs is pleased to see that the ship has been steadied since the appointment of John Mousinho as head coach.
After successive wins over Exeter and Fleetwood were followed by a defeat at Peterborough, it took a late leveller to deny the Blues all three points against Barnsley at the weekend.
And Jacobs hopes that they can embark on a run of positive form over the final few months of the season.
The midfielder said: “Everything’s been simplified and we’ve just gone back to basics in the past few weeks.
“When we were top of the table at the start of the season we were so resolute and hard to score against.
"If we can keep on producing the performances we know we’re capable of, then we’ll pick up results and hopefully go on a run."
“So it’s just been about doing what we’re good at, but it happens at all clubs when you get that new manager bounce because someone comes in with fresh ideas.
“Some new boys have come into the building as well and you could see that the fans enjoyed it. Everything felt more positive.
“If we can keep on producing the performances we know we’re capable of, then we’ll pick up results and hopefully go on a run.”
Colby Bishop had volleyed Pompey into the lead against the Tykes, only for Bobby Thomas to level late on.
Jacobs said: “The first half was quite scrappy, but we stepped things up after the break and scored a great goal.
“We looked quite comfortable and were handling them, only to get caught with a sucker punch and it’s a tough one to deal with.
“The dressing room was deflated afterwards and we were all disappointed not to have won that game.”