Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill believes his side received a much-needed confidence boost following their 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Crystal Palace in the Carling Cup.
Richard Hughes fired home the decisive spot-kick with the scores locked at 1-1 after extra-time to send Pompey through to round three.
Cotterill is now hoping his side can build on the victory following a disappointing start to the season which has seen them take just one point from their opening three league games.
"We didn't give the fans a lot to cheer about in the first half," he admitted. "We looked like a team that has been ripped apart.
"We never took a risk with any of our runs and that was because of a fear of failure. I told them they needed to forget that and I reminded them they were good players.
"After 120 minutes, I said to the lads `we want to win now'. There was no point losing when we had done a game and a half."