RICHIE BARKER has set his sights on back-to-back wins to drag Pompey away from the League Two drop zone.
The Blues boss believes he is witnessing evidence of real progress from his side in the second month of his tenure as boss.
But he knows their spate of draws have to become wins to drag them away from the congested lower reaches of the table.
Barker said: ‘We have momentum from one defeat in six. We’ve had nowhere near enough wins, and I’m not going to gloss over that fact.
‘There are a lot of teams down there, but we can only do what we can do.
‘Let’s hope we can get something out of these next couple of games.
‘Back-to-back wins would really make a difference.
‘It’s easier said than done.
‘But that would make a massive difference and needs to be our aim.’
Barker insisted he is heartened by what he believes to be increased resilience from his players.
He said: ‘We are becoming increasingly difficult to beat.
‘The mentality of the players is we’re becoming harder to beat.
‘I’ve seen enough positivity here. I don’t think we would have come out of the Morecambe game with a point eight weeks ago. There has been a mentality shift from the players.’