Simon Eastwood fired up Pompey for Preston and vowed: We’re no walkovers now.
The Blues keeper believes his team are being taken seriously by their League One rivals off the back of their rejuvenated run of results.
Pompey go to Deepdale today as one of the division’s form sides, after suffering just a single defeat in their past six games.
Eastwood feels there is a confidence in his team as they tackle a Preston outfit improving in results themselves.
And the 23-year-old knows Pompey have been bolstered by the fact they are no soft touches now.
Eastwood said: ‘It’s nice people don’t see us as an easy win any more.
‘We’re standing up and being counted. People are taking us seriously.
‘We have a good chance in every game with the run that we’re on.’
Today’s game marks the start of two fixtures in less than 72 hours as the season reaches its climax for Pompey.
Eastwood thinks the target is to climb out of the bottom four – with the spectre of a 10-point deduction still hanging over them.
The shot-stopper said: ‘If they were to take the points off this season that would give us a fresh start next season.
‘That’s what we really want, so we will keep fighting. Guy (Whittingham) is telling us that.
‘It’s realistic to get out of the bottom four for the points to happen this season.
‘But all we can do is concentrate on the pitch.
‘What happens off it has nothing to do with us. We’ve got six games left and it’s all to play for.’