After a lean few months, the good times returned to Fratton Park for John Mousinho’s first game in charge against Exeter a fortnight ago.
And the home faithful will be hoping the positive mood can continue against Barnsley on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
But they are facing a side currently occupying the final play-off spot and with a nine point advantage over the Blues.
Michael Duff is aiming to lead the Yorkshire outfit back into the Championship at the first time of asking following last season’s relegation.
Unlike their opponents, the Tykes were in midweek action, securing a 2-1 victory at Oxford on Wednesday night.
Goals from Bobby Thomas and Nicky Cadden secured a sixth away league success of the campaign – a record bettered by just two other sides in the division.
The most recent contest between the teams was in January 2020, when a 4-2 south coast success sent Pompey into the fifth round of the FA Cup.
And you have to travel all the way back to 1999 to find the last time that Barnsley triumphed at Fratton Park.
Deadline day signings Paddy Lane and Di’Shon Bernard could make their debuts after arriving from Fleetwood and Manchester United respectively.
Joe Rafferty is also closing in on a return to action, having been out for five months with a stomach problem.
Pompey will definitely be without Ronan Curtis (ankle), Tom Lowery (hamstring), Jay Mingi (knee), Jayden Reid (knee) and Clark Robertson (hip), but Joe Morrell returns from suspension.
Barnsley midfielder Matty Wolfe could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, while there are doubts of the fitness of keeper Brad Collins (quad).
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of head coach John Mousinho ahead of the game.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 22 wins
Barnsley: 18 wins
At Fratton Park
Pompey: 15 wins
Barnsley: 5 wins
Referee: Andy Woolmer
Assistants: Graham Kane and George Byrne
Fourth Official: Will Finnie
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ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
All games kick-off at 3pm
Accrington v Lincoln
Bolton v Cheltenham
Bristol Rovers v MK Dons
Cambridge v Ipswich
Derby v Morecambe
Exeter v Charlton
Fleetwood v Burton
Forest Green v Peterborough
Oxford v Shrewsbury
Port Vale v Wycombe
Sheffield Wednesday v Plymouth