Simon Ferry toasted his first goal for the club in Pompey’s 2-1 win at Burton Albion and vowed: We will answer our critics.
The midfielder netted his maiden strike, following in bravely after fellow goalscorer Ricky Holmes had seen his shot parried.
And it proved to be a vital goal after Burton pinched one back with almost the last kick of the game.
Ferry admitted he had been stung by recent criticism of Pompey’s slow start to the campaign.
But he believes Guy Whittingham’s men are on the right track.
The Scot said: ‘It is a bit annoying when you work so hard and you see criticism.
‘Mistakes happen and it’s not a reflection on how the team played as a whole.
‘I don’t think we have played badly this season. People have made a big deal out of a few little mistakes that have been made.
‘It’s never nice to concede late goals but I think everyone has worked really hard.
‘Football can just be like that sometimes.
‘A brand new team gets thrown together and people will make mistakes while we get to know each other’s game.
‘Now we are starting to get to know each other better and I think we saw that this time.
‘We probably didn’t play as well in this game but we got the win and that’s what matters.’
Pompey certainly adopted a more controlled approach at the Pirelli Stadium.
And they struck a far better balance between trying to hold on to a lead and still carrying an attacking threat.
Ferry said: ‘We have learned from our mistakes.
‘Away from home, for the last 30 minutes, if the opposition are losing, they tend to throw people in the box and that is hard to defend no matter what.
‘But if we can get a two-goal lead and hold it, that helps.
‘We worked on that all week but I think that helped us prepare for that.
‘Even if we’d got a draw, it wouldn’t have worried us too much.
‘It’s early in the season, it takes time to gel and I have got no worries about this team. It has got too much quality.
‘When I was at Swindon, we got a few new players in and after 10 games, we were fourth from bottom or something like that. We ended up winning the league.
‘You cannot get too high with the highs and you cannot get too down with the lows.’
And while his effort at the Pirelli Stadium will not be a contender for goal of the month, the 25-year-old was not concerned.
He said: ‘I was delighted to score.
‘It was a horrible goal but I will take it any way it comes and hopefully I can go on to get a couple more.
‘I don’t think there was a foul in the build-up.
‘The boy tripped over his own feet and then Holmesy should have squared it to me in the first place.
‘But I followed it in, got a slide tackle in and it went in.
‘To be honest, I just shut my eyes and hoped!’