Pompey fought from behind to beat Rochdale and return to the top of the League One table.
The hosts took an early lead in some style when Aaron Wilbraham struck a sensational shot from long-range.
But the Blues were impressive in the opening 45 minutes and Jamal Lowe deservedly ensured the scores would be level at the break.
It was not quite so strong after the interval, but Brett Pitman showed typical striking instincts to turn the game around on his 50th appearance for the club.
And Matt Clarke added a fine third goal to wrap the points up for the visitors in the closing stages of an enjoyable Spotland contest.
Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that drew with Wycombe on home soil the previous week.
Pitman returned to skipper the team, while there was also a start for Jack Whatmough at the back, with Oli Hawkins and Christian Burgess dropping to the bench.
Pompey got off to the worst possible start by falling behind in the fourth minute – not that they could have done much to prevent it.
It was a phenomenal effort from Wilbraham, who hit a stunning strike on the half-volley from almost 30 yards that left Craig MacGillivray with no chance.
But it was the Blues largely on top for the remainder of the half and an ambitious over-head effort from Gareth Evans flew past the post.
Nathan Thompson almost grabbed an unlikely leveller after collecting a pass from Pitman and firing a rocket against the crossbar.
Ollie Rathbone then had another long-range attempt for the hosts, although this one thankfully flew wide.
But Pompey were level on 25 minutes, thanks to a well-worked goal involving all three of the forward line.
Pitman collected the ball from Ronan Curtis, swivelled and sent in a low centre for LOWE to slide into the net.
He might have had another after being picked out by Pitman, but a poor first touch allowed Joe Rafferty to clear the danger.
The trio linked up well again when the skipper flicked on Lowe’s cross and Curtis met it with a deft touch, but Josh Lillis got down to his right to save.
Pompey were looking to attack at every opportunity and there were some nervy moments for the Dale back-line.
But Lillis was not being over-worked and made relatively comfortable stops to deny both Curtis and Lowe.
The keeper then came tearing from his line in stoppage-time to stop Lowe reaching Pitman’s threaded pass after Curtis had nipped in to steal possession from a Rochdale throw.
It was the hosts that were first to threaten after the restart, but when MacGillivray parried Andy Cannon’s effort, Rathbone skied the loose ball over.
There was certainly some of the excitement from the first half missing, however, with both sides guilty of some misplaced passes.
Ian Henderson curled a shot wide for Rochdale, while a well-placed Ben Close headed clear Cannon’s dangerous cross.
Then – after Lowe had been booked for a foul – Rathbone came close to sneaking the free-kick inside MacGillivray’s near post.
There was not too much happening at the other end of the pitch, although an Evans set-piece was glanced wide by Tom Naylor.
But the Blues took the lead on 71 minutes when a low ball from Lee Brown was deftly turned home by PITMAN at the near post.
A substitution soon followed, with Ben Thompson coming on for Evans to shore up the Blues midfield.
But it was not the end of Pompey’s attacking intent and they were able to extend their advantage on 81 minutes.
Rochdale failed to properly deal with a corner and CLARKE showed he is not just a class act at the back.
The defender brought the ball under control, beat his man and angled home a fierce strike that arrowed into the net.
David Wheeler and Hawkins were both introduced from the bench late on, as the visitors comfortably saw out the final few moments.
Rochdale (4-2-3-1): Lillis; Rafferty, McNulty, Delaney, Hart (Cannon 45); Camps (Clough 77), Perkins; J.Williams (Andrew 50), Rathbone, Henderson (c); Wilbraham
Goals: Wilbraham 4
Subs not used: Norman, Morley, MJ Williams, Gillam
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Close, Naylor; Lowe, Evans (B.Thompson 76), Curtis (Wheeler 89); Pitman (c) (Hawkins 90+2)
Goals: Lowe 25, Pitman 71, Clarke 81
Subs not used: McGee, Burgess, Haunstrup, Mason
Referee: John Busby
Attendance: 3,796 (966 Pompey fans)
Pompey remain unbeaten in League One, but a late penalty denied them all three points at a sodden Fratton Park.
Pompey remain unbeaten in League One, but a late penalty denied them all three points at a sodden Fratton Park.
The hosts trailed to a Bryn Morris strike at the interval, although they emerged much stronger after the break.
Gareth Evans nodded them back on level terms and Brett Pitman came off the bench to turn the game on its head.
But with another victory looking likely for the Blues, Joe Jacobson struck from the spot to ensure it finished all square and the hosts dropped to second.
Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that beat Peterborough the previous week to climb to the League One summit.
With the rain pouring relentlessly down, conditions were not exactly conducive to an attractive contest.
There was plenty of slipping and sliding the opening stages and a niggly game was not helped by the eagerness of referee Craig Hicks to use his whistle.
A centre from Jamal Lowe was inexplicably left by defender Darius Charles, only for Sido Jombati to hack clear from the line.
Christian Burgess then met a corner from Evans, with his firm header punched clear by former Fratton loanee Ryan Allsop.
Craig MacGillivray comfortably claimed Adabayo Akinfenwa’s effort at the other end, but did not deal with Jacobson’s free-kick soon after and watched gratefully on as Fred Onyedinma slot narrowly wide.
And it was Wycombe who broke the deadlock midway through the first, with Morris playing a neat one-two with Akinfenwa before curling home a fine finish.
The Chairboys were obviously keen to protect their lead, but it seemed a bit too early for time-wasting and Allsop got a talking to from Hicks.
Wanderers were guilty of some crude challenges and saw four players carded before the break, including one for Onyedinma for the most obvious shirt pull you could hope to see.
The hosts did improve as the interval approached, although Burgess could not quite adjust his body enough to capitalise on Tom Naylor’s flick.
It was Naylor who almost forced an equaliser when he met Lowe’s pass, although the ball would not quite squeeze through Allsop’s legs.
Wycombe Wanderers 1
Wycombe were first to have an opening when the action restart, with Matt Bloomfield’s strike hitting team-mate Scott Kashket and ballooning over.
With Pompey struggling to find a way through, Jackett was preparing to bring on Pitman and Joe Mason.
But the pair were promptly sent to warm-up again after EVANS headed the hosts back on level terms.
Oli Hawkins won a long punt up the pitch by MacGillivray and played the ball to Lowe, whose fine delivery was nodded in by the skipper from close range.
Both teams then had a decent opportunity to forge ahead in the space of just a few seconds, with the Chairboys first to go close.
Morris sent the ball into the box and Akinfenwa should really have done better then divert the ball wide from a few yards out.
Pompey went straight up the other end and Lowe raced clear, only for his shot to be diverted wide by Allsop.
Pitman was finally introduced on 69 minutes, with Hawkins given a warm ovation as he departed the action.
Hicks was continuing to infuriate both sides by blowing his whistle every time a player hit the turf, despite the difficult conditions.
One soft free-kick for an alleged foul by Ben Close was fired narrowly past the post by the lively Morris.
Nathan Thompson then narrowly missed the target from close range, while Pitman’s cut-back hit a defender and went agonisingly behind the waiting Mason.
But PITMAN did give the Blues the lead on 86 minutes, rising at the far post to convert another fine Lowe cross.
An action-packed half swung back the other way moments later, however, when Burgess was penalised for a foul on Onyedimna in the box.
Hicks pointed straight to the spot and Jacobson slammed his penalty straight down the middle to draw Wycombe level.
There were five minutes of added time for either side to find a winner, but substitute Mason was denied late appeals for a foul in the box and the spoils were shared.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, Close; Lowe, Evans (c) (Mason 80), Curtis; Hawkins (Pitman 69)
Goals: Evans 57, Pitman 86
Booked: Lowe, N.Thompson, Burgess
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Haunstrup, B.Thompson, Wheeler
Wycombe (4-1-4-1): Allsop; McCarthy, Jombati, Charles, Jacobson; Gape; Kashket (Cowan-Hall 63), Bloomfield (c) (Thompson 90+2), Morris, Onyedinma; Akinfenwa
Goals: Morris 21, Jacobson 89 (pen)
Booked: McCarthy, Jombati, Onyedinma, Kashket
Subs not used: Ma-Kalambay, Harriman, Saunders, Williams, Mackail-Smith
Referee: Craig Hicks
Attendance: 18,648 (749 away fans)
Pompey climbed to the top of the League One table after goals from Oli Hawkins and Jamal Lowe saw off Peterborough.
Both sides were unbeaten going into the contest, but it was the Blues who emerged with that record still intact.
The goals arrived in the second half, with Ronan Curtis continuing his fine start to the campaign by providing a couple of assists.
He teed-up Hawkins for his first goal of the season and then helped Lowe extend the advantage further.
Matt Godden reduced the deficit in stoppage-time, but the visitors held on to secure another three-point haul.
Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that drew with Shrewsbury on home soil the previous week.
Curtis returned from Republic of Ireland international duty to replace the injured Andre Green wide on the left.
The other switch came in the centre of midfield, where Ben Thompson dropped to the bench to make way for Ben Close.
Both sets of fans – including more than 2,500 from the south coast – contributed to a vibrant atmosphere as the game began at a breathless pace.
It was a hectic end-to-end affair, although neither goalkeeper was given much to do in the opening 45 minutes.
An early Christian Burgess header was blocked, while Rhys Bennett hooked over at the other end after Jason Cummings had flicked on Colin Daniel’s delivery.
Hawkins then did well to get on the end of a teasing Lee Brown cross and head narrowly over the bar.
The Peterborough coaching team had found reason to berate the fourth official and referee Roger East gave Steve Evans a ticking off.
But even they did not seem to think anything was amiss when Siriki Dembele went down in the box and half-hearted penalty appeals emerged from the stands.
Posh keeper Aaron Chapman was called into action for the first time midway through the first half and comfortably dealt with a long-range Evans effort.
There was a better opportunity at the other end moments later, with Cummings wastefully firing over when the ball fell kindly to him in the box.
Craig MacGillivray then got down at his near post to keep out a low angled drive from Jason Naismith.
Pompey finished the half brightly, but were lacking a decent final pass and with no time added on, the sides went in level at the break.
Peterborough United 0
While the first half had started frantically, there was a more measured approach from both sides when the action restarted.
Evans saw a shot blocked from the edge of the area, while MacGillivray commandingly claimed a Dembele free-kick.
That was for a foul on Cummings by Nathan Thompson, a challenge that earned the right-back the game’s first yellow card.
There was a nervy moment when MacGillivray failed to hold a cross from Naismith, but he gratefully gathered at the second attempt.
And it was the visiting army of fans that were celebrating when the Blues broke the deadlock just past the hour mark.
HAWKINS has been in excellent form so far this season and he opened his goalscoring account by meeting Curtis’ cross and guiding home a header.
Pompey then appealed for a penalty when Lowe’s strike hit Ivan Toney on the arm, although it would have been difficult for the Posh substitute to get out of the way.
It mattered not, though, as the visitors did double the advantage just seconds later, with Curtis providing another assist.
He headed Hawkins’ cross back into the mixer and a first-time finish from LOWE nestled comfortably in the net.
There were a smattering of bookings late on as tempers began to fray, but the Blues were looking solid at the back.
Curtis took a knock and limped off towards the end, while seven minutes of added time gave the hosts hope of a comeback.
That grew when Godden took advantage of some sloppy defending to pull one back, but Pompey saw out the closing stages to climb above Peterborough and into top spot.
Peterborough (4-1-2-1-2): Chapman; Naismith, Bennett, Tafazolli, Daniel; Woodyard (c); Ward (Maddison 72), Dembele; O’Hara (Walker 66); Cummings (Toney 59), Godden
Goals: Godden 90+4
Booked: Daniel, Walker
Subs not used: Tyler, Yorwerth, Cooper, Reed
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Close (B.Thompson 86), Naylor; Lowe, Evans (c), Curtis (Haunstrup 90); Hawkins
Goals: Hawkins 62, Lowe 75
Booked: N.Thompson, Hawkins, Close, Burgess
Subs not used: McGee, Rose, Wheeler, Pitman, Mason
Referee: Roger East
Attendance: 10,472 (2,513 Pompey fans)
Brett Pitman came off the bench to net a penalty and ensure Pompey’s unbeaten start to the League One campaign continued.
The first half was a largely drab affair, although the hosts did improve markedly following the interval.
It looked like a first defeat was on the cards when Greg Docherty took advantage of some sloppy defending to give Shrewsbury the lead.
But – much to the relief of the Fratton faithful – Pitman kept his cool from the spot to secure a share of the spoils.
Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that comfortably saw off Plymouth the previous week.
With Ronan Curtis away on international duty, Andre Green was handed his league debut wide on the left.
There were also a couple of enforced switches at the back, with Christian Burgess and Nathan Thompson replacing the injured Jack Whatmough and Anton Walkes.
The Blues had got off to a flying start against Argyle, but it was flat opening 45 minutes against the struggling Shrews.
That did not look like being the case when Jamal Lowe’s shot was tipped around the post by Joel Coleman in the early stages.
But that was not a portent of what was to come, with the remainder of the half being a fairly lifeless affair.
Indeed, it was Shrewsbury who looked more likely to break the deadlock, without really being able to test Craig MacGillivray between the sticks.
Lenell John-Lewis could not connect with Shaun Whalley’s teasing delivery at the back post, while a drive from Omar Beckles was not too far off target.
And John-Lewis had another decent opportunity after Ollie Norburn had dispossessed Tom Naylor, only to fire high over the bar.
Christian Burgess had to make a timely challenge inside the box on 42 minutes to stop Josh Laurent getting a shot away.
But the visitors’ best chance came just before the break, as Anthony Grant turned neatly and fired inches past the post.
Shrewsbury Town 0
Jackett made a double switch at the start of the second half, as Green and Ben Thompson made way for David Wheeler and Ben Close.
The former won a free-kick after being fouled by Mat Sadler just after the restart, with Gareth Evans’ effort pushed clear by the diving Coleman.
It was much better from the Blues and a corner from Evans caused problems, while Wheeler was unable to beat Coleman at the keeper’s near post.
The visitors thought they should have been awarded a penalty just past the hour mark after Alex Gilliead had cut through the home defence.
He went down under Lee Brown’s challenge and cried foul, but referee Charles Breakspear was not interested.
And Brown then had an ambitious shot from 30 yards that fizzed narrowly wide, amidst anguished cries from the crowd.
They went even closer when Evans met Nathan Thompson’s cross with a firm header that Coleman just about managed to push clear.
Pompey’s final change came on 67 minutes, as the hard-working Hawkins was withdrawn for Pitman.
The hosts had looked much more of a threat since the restart, but it was the Shrews celebrating a goal on 74 minutes.
Burgess was unable to clear a cross from Whalley and Docherty – who had only come on a few seconds earlier – took advantage to lash the ball into the net.
The Blues tried to hit back and thought they should have been awarded a penalty when Pitman went down on 81 minutes.
Josh Emmanuel certainly had his hands on the striker, but Breakspear waved away the noisy appeals from players and fans alike.
The referee did point to the spot soon after, though, when Gilliead brought down Nathan Thompson in the box.
It was the linesman who flagged, although Breakspear took a while to make his mind up before awarding the penalty.
PITMAN stepped up to take it and although Coleman went the right way, the ball nestled in the bottom corner.
Five minutes of stoppage-time meant there were even hopes raised for a dramatic winner, but the Blues were unable to strike again.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; B.Thompson (Close 46), Naylor; Lowe, Evans (c), Green (Wheeler 46); Hawkins (Pitman 67)
Goals: Pitman 87 (pen)
Subs not used: McGee, Haunstrup, Rose, Mason
Shrewsbury (4-1-4-1): Coleman; Emmanuel, Waterfall, Sadler (c), Beckles; Grant; Whalley, Norburn, Laurent (Docherty 73), Gilliead; John-Lewis (Amadi-Holloway 67)
Goals: Docherty 74
Subs not used: Gregory, Sears, Haynes, Colkett, Okenabirhie
Referee: Charles Breakspear
Attendance: 17,634 (281 away fans)
Checkatrade Trophy Group
Pompey eased to victory over Gillingham in their opening Checkatrade Trophy group match at Fratton Park.
A largely uneventful first half came to life right at the end, with Matt Clarke and Ben Close finding the net in quick succession.
Brett Pitman then hammered home a penalty after the interval to erase any hopes of a Gills comeback.
And a comfortable evening was wrapped up right at the end when David Wheeler opened his Blues account.
Kenny Jackett made 10 changes from the side that comfortably saw off Plymouth in the league at the weekend.
Clarke was the only player to keep his spot, with loan sign Andre Green handed his debut in an attacking role.
Pitman reclaimed the captain’s armband up front, while fellow striker Joe Mason had to be content with a place among the substitutes.
The crowd were packed into the South Stand, but there was not too much to keep them entertained for the majority of the first half.
Pitman thundered a 30-yard free-kick against the crossbar after Wheeler had been fouled by Aaron Simpson.
But that was not typical of a listless opening period that only exploded into life just before the interval.
Neither keeper had much to deal with, although Luke McGee made a regulation save to deny Navid Nasseri.
Pompey finally moved through the gears on 41 minutes when Adam May slipped a fine pass down the line for Wheeler.
His low centre was intended for Pitman, who would have been left with a simple finish had Alex Lacey not cut the ball out.
But the deadlock was broken from the resulting corner, as CLARKE was left untroubled to convert May’s delivery.
And the celebrations from the home supporters had barely died down before the Blues doubled their advantage.
Nathan Thompson crossed from the right and although CLOSE’s first time effort lacked power, it was neatly placed into the bottom corner.
It might have been even better in stoppage-time, but a long-range effort from May flashed past the post.
There were only a few minutes on the clock when the hosts had a great chance to extend their lead further.
Wheeler whipped in a teasing cross from the right that would normally have been gobbled up by Pitman, but he fired uncharacteristically wide from a few yards out.
Pompey’s skipper made up for that, however, by opening his account for the season from the penalty spot on 55 minutes.
Alan Young pointed to the spot when Green went down under Aaron Simpson’s challenge, with PITMAN on hand to slam home from 12 yards.
Gills keeper Tom Hadler then came tearing from his line to stop Wheeler reaching Green’s threaded pass.
Mason was introduced for his Blues bow just past the hour mark, with May the man to make way for the on-loan Wolves striker.
The tempo of the contest unsurprisingly dropped with the lead so commanding and the chances started to dry up again.
Wheeler came close to adding a fourth goal after bundling his way into the box, but Hadler came to the rescue with a decent stop.
And that is exactly what he did at the death, with WHEELER on hand to net from close range after Mason’s blocked shot had fallen into his path.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; N.Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Haunstrup; Close, Rose; Wheeler, May (Mason 62), Green; Pitman (c)
Goals: Clarke 41, Close 43, Pitman 55 (pen), Wheeler 90
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Brown, Naylor, B.Thompson, Evans, Lowe
Gillingham (4-1-2-1-2): Hadler; O’Neill (c), Lacey (Scarlett 80), Ogilvie, Simpson (Nash 65); Oldaker; Rees (Chapman 62), Stevenson; Nasseri; Wilkinson, List
Subs not used: Holy, O’Mara, Woods, Mbo
Referee: Alan Young
Attendance: 2,011 (69 away fans)