Pompey headed into the international break sitting at the top of the table and with their unbeaten league record still intact.
It has led to plenty of plaudits, including a Manager of the Month award for John Mousinho following a fine run of September form.
But there is no time to bask in those glories, with action resuming this weekend with the visit of Carlisle.
And Mousinho is only concentrating on facing a side that have shown they are capable of beating the bigger teams in League One.
The Blues boss said: “We gave the lads a bit of time off after the Gillingham game and it was nice for them to have a physical and mental rest.
“There was an opportunity to reset and do some work in training, which is a rare thing because of the amount of matches we’ve had. Now everyone’s raring to get back at it at Fratton Park.
“We’ve built up the workload and will be all ready to go again when Carlisle come down here at the weekend.
“We do look at the table and it’s nice to be where we are, but there’s no complacency there and it’s always about focusing on the next game.
“You can’t affect what any of the other sides are doing, so it’s all about whoever we’re facing and making sure we try to win that one.
"We do look at the table and it’s nice to be where we are, but there’s no complacency there and it’s always about focusing on the next game."
“Carlisle have come into this division and caused sides real problems, winning at Bolton a couple of weeks ago.
“I’m sure they were disappointed to lose to Leyton Orient in their last game, but there’s plenty of threat there.
“There are guys there with experience of this league and we have to make sure we’re ready for a tough test.”
Regan Poole and Alex Robertson have both now served their suspensions, while Mousinho also has another player at his disposal.
He said: “Connor Ogilvie has been training fully with us and is available for selection again and it provides a headache because Jack Sparkes has come in and done so well.
“It’s a nice problem to have and we’ve got it in both full-back positions – as well as a number of other parts of the pitch.
“Marlon Pack is coming along nicely. We’re looking to have him back out on the grass next week, but we have to be careful with that reintroduction and make sure the ankle is stable.
“The medical team are taking good care of him and he then has to build up into taking part in full training again.
“Anthony Scully is going according to schedule, while Josh Dockerill is working hard in the gym and on the bike.
“Tom Lowery has been out with the physiotherapy team and we’re looking to possibly having him involved in some kind of modified training at the back-end of next week.”