It was the moment Jake Jervis didn’t think would arrive this month, but he made up for lost time emphatically.
The Globe Arena was the setting for the 22-year-old’s second full Pompey debut, the striker marking the feat with two first-half goals.
Trevor Carson’s calamitous 76th-minute mistake prevented the former Birmingham City youngster from crowning the occasion as a Pompey match-winner as the clash against Morecambe finished all-square.
A close-range conversion from Jed Wallace’s left-wing cross and a far-post finish from Marcos Painter’s delivery reflected a tremendously encouraging fixture for Blues followers.
For a player who feared he would not be able to get clearance to play in January following problems with his release from Elazigspor, it was a priceless occasion.
And Jervis, who is currently in his second spell with the club, admitted it lifted the weight off his shoulders to get off the mark.
He said: ‘It’s a massive relief really.
‘It was a good feeling to play so the goal was a bonus.
‘The way the fans were as well, all singing, it’s hard to put into words what it meant for me out there.
‘I didn’t really think I would be able to play even in January, I didn’t think it (the deal) would go through, there have been so many set-backs until I got it officially confirmed.
‘I was happy with the two goals and am taking it in my stride, I just want to build on this and score in as many games as I can really.
‘For the first I got a touch on it, all week I’ve been working on getting into the box and getting to the front post and it came off there.
‘Then the second one was at the back post. A great ball and just needed to be tapped in.
‘I was happy with the goals but thought my all-round play was just okay.
‘There is more to come as I play more and more games, getting fitter and more confident.’
Jervis also netted on his second Blues appearance during his first spell with the club last season.
That was a spectacular equaliser at Tranmere, although he played just once more before being recalled by Birmingham.
Now he is at Fratton Park permanently until the end of the season as he seeks to steer them from relegation trouble.
And he believes the side performed well in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at the Shrimps, despite the late disappointment of an equaliser.
He added: ‘I think the lads did themselves justice and while it was two points dropped, Morecambe could have scored the penalty.
‘You would have thought they would have threatened a bit more, like we did in the first half with the wind, but we used the wind better.
‘It was very even in the second half and the pitch was getting worse and worse so you’re not going to get better football.
‘Obviously Trevor made a mistake but that is how it goes really.
‘He made a great save in the first half and nobody is going to get on his back because of that.
‘It balances out, he made some good saves to keep us in it so you can’t blame him at all, it happened.
‘He has done well since he has been here and all credit to him for making the saves.’