Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill was pleased with his side's performance during the 2-0 win over Ipswich.
Former England international David Nugent scored his seventh goal in eight games against Ipswich and David Cotterill netted the second to hand Pompey all three points.
Cotterill said: "It was a tough match. We had to hang in there in the first half and the key, when you come away from home, is to stay in the game.
"Ipswich were red-hot and we were pleased to get in at half-time with the score 0-0. In the second half I thought we were better and had more of a cutting edge. That proved the difference in the game.
"Our finishing was really good and they were two excellent goals. It was a good solid team performance and the players ran their socks off.
"When you come to one of the top clubs, and this is one of the top clubs, you have to be on your mettle and I thought we were."