Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill believes his side are in with a chance of making the play-offs after they came from behind to record their first win in five npower Championship matches with a 2-1 success at Swansea on Friday night.
Greg Halford ghosted into the Swansea penalty area unmarked in the 65th minute to head home the winner after David Nugent's equaliser had cancelled out Craig Beattie's second-minute opener. The win lifted Pompey up to 12th, two points off the top six.
"We showed great character. I thought if we stuck to our jobs we'd have a chance. But losing the early goal made it look even harder for us," said Cotterill.
"But we regained our composure and getting the goals gave us a big lift. In the end we had seen off their threat."
Despite recording their first win since October 30, Cotterill added: "It wasn't a much-needed win. Before this (winless) run, we'd won six out of seven so if you put it all together it's probably eight out of 12.
"It was a needed win because we want to win. We weren't in dire straits. We didn't deserve to beat Barnsley (1-0 loss) but we should have beaten Doncaster (3-2 loss) and QPR (1-1 draw).
"The result shows maybe we can get into the top six but we are light on numbers. We hope to bring in players in January but we will have to wait and see.
"We are going in the right direction. It's taken a lot of hard work behind the scenes."