Andy Awford has dedicated Pompey’s League Two survival to the Fratton faithful.
The Blues recorded a fifth successive victory under their caretaker boss with a 1-0 win at Northampton this afternoon.
They were safe from relegation even before kick-off following Bristol Rovers’ home defeat against Rochdale in the early match.
Supporters could afford to relax as the recalled Danny East grabbed the only goal of the game in the sixth minute.
And afterwards Awford saluted the spirit of the long-suffering fans.
He said: ‘When I first took over it was the biggest challenge I had ever faced and we have galvanised the squad and the fans.
‘The fans play a massive part, you cannot forget that.
‘To go and applaud them at the end after a win gives me absolute goosebumps and the support – home and away – has been phenominal.
‘They have played a big, big part and the city is smiling again, that is what matters to me.
‘I was told before we left the dressing room that Bristol Rovers had been beaten, whether the players knew or not I don’t know, I didn’t tell them.
‘There has been a real togetherness in that dressing room and nothing gives me greater pleasure than seeing the staff, the players and the fans united.
‘We have created that spirit again and long may that continue.’