Pompey roared back to winning ways in style with a comfortable – and confident – success against Gillingham at Priestfield.
Both goals arrived in the space of a few first half minutes, with John Marquis stroking home the opener.
And Michael Jacobs then finished off a flowing counter-attack to score his first goal since his summer arrival.
The margin of victory might have been even greater had it not been for the woodwork and some fine Jack Bonham saves.
Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that were beaten by Doncaster on home soil at the weekend.
Marquis came in for the injured Ellis Harrison, partnering Marcus Harness up front in a 4-4-2 formation.
Meanwhile, Ronan Curtis and Ben Close dropped to the bench to make way for Jacobs and Ryan Williams.
With Pompey one striker light, third year scholar Alfie Stanley was handed a place among the substitutes.
Both sides looked to get forward in the opening stages – perhaps inspired by the artificial crowd noise being pumped out over the public address system.
Gillingham had a couple of dangerous free-kicks, with Tom O’Connor sending one past the post and Jacob Mellis firing the other into the arms of Craig MacGillivray.
But the hosts were left stunned by a couple of impressive goals in quick succession from their clinical opponents.
The first saw Williams send a neat back-heel into the path of MARQUIS, who ran along the edge of the box before passing the ball neatly into the net.
And the advantage was soon doubled, courtesy of a lightning quick breakaway from the visitors that caught the Gills flat-footed.
Marquis held the ball up well before laying it off for Harness, who immediately played a perfect cross-field pass.
JACOBS was the recipient and he raced through on goal, holding off a challenge before firing home to open his Blues account.
Gillingham tried to hit back and Jordan Graham’s free-kick from the left was nodded narrowly over by Vadaine Oliver.
Graham then had a chance of his own, but could not quite keep his effort down after doing well to find space in the box.
But Pompey almost found a third goal just before the break, with Tom Naylor stooping to meet Williams’ cross and glancing a header against the post.
And the visitors went close again soon after the restart, when Jacobs cut inside from the left and drew a save from Bonham with his angled drive.
The ball then ran kindly for Williams, only for Declan Drysdale to dive in front of the Australian’s strike and divert it behind.
Callum Johnson and Harness soon combined well down the right, with the latter’s cut-back fired over by Jacobs.
Gillingham needed an inspiration and brought on John Akinde, who had a goalless spell at Fratton Park in 2013.
And they tried to take advantage of a cheap turnover on 58 minutes, with O’Connor’s shot deflected behind by Naylor.
There was another hairy moment a few minutes later, with Lee Brown trying to nod the ball back to MacGillivray and instead sending it inches past his own post.
But the Blues had a great opportunity to wrap things up when Williams lifted a fine delivery into the centre, where Marquis rose and headed off target.
Harness then raced onto a long ball over the head of Christian Maghoma and took a brilliant touch to send him through on goal, only for Bonham to make a key save with his feet.
Jackett freshened things up with a double substitution on 74 minutes, as Close and Curtis replaced Andy Cannon and Harness.
And Curtis immediately showcased some tricky footwork to get into the box, where a spot of pinball ensued before the visitors conceded a foul as they tried to force the ball into the net.
Gillingham came close to setting up a nervy finale, but MacGillivray saved Josh Eccles’ firmly-struk effort and Johnson mopped up the danger.
And Pompey also dealt with some dangerous deliveries into the box to see out the final few moments and seal all three points.
Gillingham (4-2-3-1): Bonham; Jackson (c), Maghoma, Drysdale, Ogilvie; Eccles, O’Connor; Samuel (Akinde 55), Mellis, Graham; Oliver (MacDonald 85)
Subs not used: Walsh, Tucker, McKenzie, Robertson, Coyle
Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Williams, Naylor (c), Cannon (Close 74), Jacobs (Pring 90+2); Harness (Curtis 74), Marquis
Goals: Marquis 14, Jacobs 17
Booked: Johnson, Marquis
Subs not used: Bass, Nicolaisen, Morris, Stanley
Referee: David Rock
PLOTNikki and Leo both grow up in Toronto’s Little Italy neighborhood, where their families are running a pizza business together. However, the verbal conflict between Nikki’s father Sal and Leo’s father Vince has caused their pizza business to deteriorate, thus resulting in them respectively founding their own pizza businesses next door to each other, which in turn results in Nikki leaving the family to go to London to study cooking. However, Chef Corinne temporarily gives Nikki a break for two weeks to give time for her to work on a cooking menu for the upcoming cooking exhibit.
Upon arriving home in Toronto, Nikki meets Leo at the bar and they drunkenly play soccer in a midst of the thunderstorm. The next day, she is welcomed by her family on her arrival. Vince, Leo and other crew are later arrested for lacing the pizza with marijuana during the party but they are released shortly after. Leo later forms a relationship with Nikki and they sleep together after riding around the town, reliving their childhood memories. Nikki receives a call from Corinne, saying that she wants a cooking menu, otherwise she will promote another chef. Struggling, Nikki expresses her regrets to Leo and confronts him for focusing on soccer instead of the pizza business. Meanwhile, their respective grandparents, Franca and Carlo, become engaged (due to the fact that they have been in love with each other for years and were never rivals from the start). Franca finally agrees to marry Carlo despite a promise from her late husband not to remarry.
Franca and Carlo arrange a dinner for the families. During the dinner Franca and Carlo announce their engagement, causing Sal and Vince to begin exchanging insults. Vince decides to enter a pizza competition against Sal saying that whoever loses will “go out” from “Little Italy”. When the two realize that they are banned from the competition because of a fallout during a previous competition, they decide to have Nikki and Leo enter the competition. Nikki refuses to compete, and she and Leo start arguing about who let who win in soccer when they were kids. When Nikki says that Leo won every time because she let him win, Leo says, “Yeah, like you let me win last night,” alluding to them sleeping together. She slaps him and storms out in anger.
At the competition, Leo is declared the winner and Nikki departs to the airport for London. However, Leo refuses to take the trophy after he realizes that Nikki had purposely switched their sauces so that Leo would stay in Little Italy. Realizing that Nikki has gone to the airport, Leo and the family goes after her. They catch her and Leo pledges to stay with her as she is the only one he wanted, not the pizza or the war between their fathers. Nikki departs, but shortly after, comes back, and Nikki declares her love to Leo after they kiss. After that, they ask Sal and Vince about their fight, in which they admit that the fight was about their parents Franca and Carlo. Back in 1999, after winning the competition, Sal and Vince argued about naming the winning pizza after their respective parent, resulting in the beginning of the rivalry. Franca and Carlo finally announce that they are getting married. Sal and Vince hug each other, formally ending the rivalry.
Some time later, the families celebrate at the pizza restaurant where Nikki has invited Corinne, who reveals that she had to shut down her restaurant after receiving negative reviews from critics. Nikki and Leo, along with the other crew, all dance together.
A late goal from Reece James ensured that Doncaster beat Pompey 1-0 to continue their impressive record at Fratton Park.
The hosts improved after an insipid opening 45 minutes, but never really found any kind of attacking fluency.
And Rovers took advantage in the closing stages, with James curling a shot into the net to secure all three points.
Kenny Jackett made a couple of changes from the side that beat MK Dons on home soil the previous week.
Ben Close was handed a first league start of the season, with Andy Cannon also returning, as Bryn Morris and Michael Jacobs dropped to the bench.
The visitors started brightly on the sunny south coast and Craig MacGillivray came off his line on a couple of occasions.
One of them resulted in a key save to deny Fejiri Okenabirhie after the striker had raced onto Madger Gomes’ threaded pass.
But the Blues soon settled and enjoyed more possession, without really looking like doing much with it.
In fact, clear-cut chances were proving extremely hard to come by at both ends of the pitch in a largely lethargic contest.
Pompey did go close on 26 minutes, however, when Lee Brown delivered a corner towards Jack Whatmough at the far post.
The centre-back headed the ball down into the ground and Josef Bursik was able to parry it behind for a corner.
Ellis Harrison was working hard as a lone frontman, but was not being given enough support by his fellow attacking players.
There was a scare when Tom Anderson flung himself at James Coppinger’s free-kick and sent the ball into the side netting.
The defender’s momentum took him over the advertising hoardings and into the Fratton End, although thankfully he emerged unscathed.
Pompey did finish the first half with a flourish, though, and sent plenty of dangerous deliveries into the box that Doncaster did well to deal with.
Doncaster Rovers 0
The hosts were quickly out of the blocks following the restart and Bursik flapped nervously at a corner before Cannon fired a shot over the bar.
And they almost broke the deadlock on 53 minutes, with Harrison glancing Callum Johnson’s delivery inches past the post.
A Tom Naylor slip then provided an opening at the other end, with Coppinger finding Okenabirhie, whose shot was deflected wide.
MacGillivray soon had to beat away another effort from the striker before Brown did well with the mopping up.
Jackett made his first change just before the hour mark, with Ronan Curtis making way to be replaced by Jacobs.
And he was soon forced to make another one, as Harrison was hurt in a collision and Maquis was given the call to feature against his former club.
Pompey had looked the more dangerous side since the interval, although Marcus Harness could not force his shot home from a tight angle.
And when the ball sat up nicely for Cannon, he sent a sweet long-range strike fizzing just the wrong side of the post.
But it was Rovers who took the lead on 79 minutes, as James was left in far too much space to collect a pass from Josh Sims and curl home a neat finish.
Ryan Williams quickly came on for Close, as the Blues looked to find a route back into the contest by adding another player to their forward line.
And Bursik did well to deny Marquis an equaliser, adjusting his feet when the ex-Rovers frontman’s shot took a big deflection.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Naylor (c), Close (Williams 81); Harness, Cannon, Curtis (Jacobs 59); Harrison (Marquis 62)
Subs not used: Bass, Nicolaisen, Pring, Morris
Doncaster (4-2-3-1): Bursik; Halliday, Wright, Anderson, John; Whiteman (c), Gomes; Taylor (Sims 63), Coppinger (Richards 63), James; Okenabirhie (Smith 90)
Goals: James 79
Booked: James, Wright, Gomes
Subs not used: Jones, Butler, Williams, Lokilo
Referee: Brett Huxtable