Danny Hollands believes Pompey have now turned the corner after their dramatic win over Exeter extended their recent revival.
The Blues midfielder felt the team ‘forgot how to win’ during their nine-match winless run, which finally ended against Hartlepool last weekend.
But their latest 1-0 success means it’s now eight points from a possible 12 and four games unbeaten as they closed the gap on the teams above them and put more distance between themselves and the relegation battle.
And it also means Hollands may allow himself to take a peek at the League Two standings once again.
Hollands said: ‘I haven’t even looked at the league table for a few weeks because I’ve been so down and depressed. I’m not the only one that has been like it.
‘It felt like we forgot how to win games.
‘You are down in the dumps and it seems like everything is against you.
‘As much as you want to keep your head up, it’s not always that easy.
‘It’s been a tough season but we have worked so hard trying to change it.
‘I don’t want anyone to think we don’t care but I’m hoping things have turned and things will start picking up for us now.
‘I think we are starting to turn the corner now.’
Hollands felt the display against Exeter proved that the belief is starting to return as Pompey battled for their late winner, despite hitting the crossbar twice and Jed Wallace missing a penalty before his late winner.
Hollands said: ‘You do think “Oh no, not another day like this” but it was a big three points for us.’