|Pompey have signed defender Sean Raggett on a two-year deal.
The 26-year-old centre-back scored two goals in 38 appearances during a loan spell at Fratton Park last season.
He was the last Blues player to find the net before the league was suspended in March, scoring in a 2-2 draw with Fleetwood.
They conceded a sloppy opener to Barrie McKay, but Sean Raggett nodded the hosts back on level terms before the break.
Harry Souttar then turned the ball into his own net, with the Cod Army defender soon making amends by securing them a point.
Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that were beaten on the road at Peterborough at the weekend.
Ellis Harrison missed that game after becoming a father for the first time, but was back to lead the line.
There were also returns for Ross McCrorie and Andy Cannon, as John Marquis dropped to the bench, while Jack Whatmough and the injured Ben Close missed out completely.
Pompey were first to threaten when the ball broke for Ronan Curtis in the box and, from a tight angle, he sent a shot dipping over the crossbar.
But it was relatively slow start to the contest, with a scything Glenn Whelan challenge on Ryan Williams the main point of focus, earning the midfielder a yellow card.
Fleetwood then capitalised on some sloppy play from the hosts to break the deadlock on 19 minutes.
Ched Evans cut the ball back for McKay and his first attempt was saved by Alex Bass, only for the keeper to get into a tangle with Steve Seddon.
It was McKay who was quickest to the loose ball and was able to force it home from a couple of yards out.
The same player then curled a teasing corner into the box and Tom Naylor was forced to head narrowly past his own post.
Fleetwood were looking more likely to add to the scoring and Jack Sowerby’s effort took a deflection, with Bass adjusting well to save.
Pompey finally began to move through the gears, with Harrison forcing Alex Cairns to drop a cross and have to grasp the ball at the second attempt.
And an equaliser did arrive on 36 minutes, when McCrorie’s fine delivery from deep on the right was met by RAGGETT, whose header looped over Cairns and into the net.
Lewis Gibson was booked late in the first half for a terrible dive in the box that, which – for some reason – peeved the Cod Army bench.
They were almost celebrating in stoppage-time, though, as Josh Morris curled a fine free-kick against the post.
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The hosts were caught napping immediately following the restart and Morris’ centre was pushed out by Bass, with Cameron McGeehan on hand to clear the danger.
But the Blues took the lead moments later, thanks to a searing burst of pace from Williams down the right.
He surged past Lewis Gibson to get on the end of Cannon’s pass and sent in a low delivery that was thundered into his own net by SOUTTAR.
Both sides were looking capable of adding to the scoring, although Harrison scuffed wide after being played through by Curtis.
The Cod Army then broke quickly up the pitch and Morris was left with just Bass to beat, with the keeper coming off his line to make a crucial save.
But the visitors were level on 55 minutes, as Souttar atoned for his earlier indiscretion by nodding home when a corner was headed back across goal by Evans.
Jackett made a double switch to try to regain the advantage, as Williams and McGeehan made way for Marcus Harness and Marquis.
The action continued to swing from one end to the next and Curtis could only nod wide at the back post after meeting a fine cross from Harness.
But there was generally a lack of quality from both sides in the final third, with a point enough to move the Blues up two places fourth.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; McCrorie, Bolton, Raggett, Seddon; McGeehan (Marquis 65), Naylor (c); Williams (Harness 65), Cannon, Curtis; Harrison
Goals: Raggett 36, Souttar 48 (og)
Booked: Curtis, Harrison
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Downing, Brown, Evans, Hawkins
Fleetwood (3-4-3): Cairns; Connolly, Souttar, Gibson; Coyle, Sowerby (Coutts 69), Whelan, Andrew (Burns 54); Morris (Madden 75), Evans (c), McKay
Goals: McKay 19, Souttar 55
Booked: Whelan, Gibson, Connolly, McKay
Subs not used: Crellin, Thorvaldsson, Biggins, Saunders
Referee: Darren Drysdale
Attendance: 16,775 (64 away fans)
It is the first time they have won nine successive games in all competitions since entering the Football League in 1920.
Raggett opened his Blues account with an early close-range header and Williams made sure of the points with a low strike after the break.
The relegation-threatened Rovers kept battling away, but were all too often let down by their play in the final third.
Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that beat Sunderland on home soil the previous week.
One was enforced, with Andy Cannon’s glute injury seeing Ben Close recalled to midfield and Cameron McGeehan pushed further forward.
Ellis Harrison also returned to lead the line and John Marquis dropped to the bench, where he was joined by Gareth Evans.
The hosts had received plenty of negative publicity for their pitch, which was lacking much grass and included big patches of sand in the wide areas.
Both sides found the conditions – not helped by the windy weather – difficult to deal with and there were plenty of misjudged passes.
But a lovely touch from Ronan Curtis provided an early opening and when his shot was beaten away by Scott Davies, the loose ball was cleared by Calum Woods before Williams could capitalise.
The deadlock was broken on 13 minutes, however, with Curtis providing the assist after he had been fouled by Kane Wilson.
A free-kick was swung into the box by the winger and although Christian Burgess could not make a connection, RAGGETT was in position to head home his opening Blues goal from a few yards out.
Tranmere fought back and almost gained an immediate leveller after Burgess had made a key block to deny former Fratton loanee James Vaughan.
The ball was sent straight back into the area and Andy Cook’s neat back-heel was well saved by Alex Bass from point-blank range.
Still the danger was not over, though, and Close had to go sliding in to prevent Kieron Morris having a free shot on goal.
Harrison had an attempt at the other end midway through the first half, but angled the ball wide after being teed-up by Curtis.
George Ray then did well to get ahead of Burgess at the far post and prevent the defender meeting Steve Seddon’s free-kick.
But it was Tranmere who finished the opening period on top and Bass got down well to stop Cook from nodding home Wilson’s cross.
A delivery from Corey Blackett-Taylor then appeared to present Cook with a free header, only for the striker to somehow miss the ball completely.
Another attempt from the same player soon crept pass the post after Woods had this time provided the cross.
And Burgess came to the rescue in stoppage-time to block Cook’s centre after Bass had come charging from his box and misjudged the bounce of the ball.
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A couple of Seddon free-kicks caused the hosts problems once the action restarted, while Curtis scuffed a chance off target.
But the lead was doubled on 51 minutes after McGeehan slipped a neat pass through to Curtis, who had stayed onside.
The Republic of Ireland international’s cut-back went behind WILLIAMS, who recovered well to drill a low shot into the bottom corner from just outside the box.
Pompey kept looking for more goals, though, and a firm header from Harrison was sent straight into Davies’ arms.
Their opponents started to look more of a threat as the half progressed, although were constantly being let down by a poor final ball.
A corner – which Bass was booked for holding up – then led to an almighty scramble and Morris eventually prodded wastefully wide.
Rovers were seeing a lot of the ball, without doing much with it, while the visitors were trying to break quickly.
One delivery from Seddon was neatly flicked on by Harrison, but Davies was able to scramble behind before Close could pounce.
And Pompey saw out the closing stages with relative ease to continue their charge up the League One table.
Tranmere (4-4-2): Davies (c); Wilson (Ridehalgh 46), Ray, Monthe, Woods (Danns 59); Morris, Woodyard, McCullough, Blackett-Taylor; Vaughan (Ferrier 59), Cook
Subs not used: Pilling, Perkins, Gilmour, Jennings
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; Naylor (c), Close; Williams, McGeehan, Curtis; Harrison
Goals: Raggett 13, Williams 51
Booked: Bass, Williams
Subs not used: MacGillivray, McCrorie, Whatmough, Brown, Evans, Harness, Marquis
Referee: Michael Salisbury
Attendance: 6,985 (1,379 Pompey fans)
Loan : Norwich City – Portsmouth
|Pompey have signed defender Sean Raggett on a season-long loan from Norwich.
There is no option for the player – who had a stint at Rotherham last term – to be recalled by his parent club.
Raggett came through the ranks at Dover and made more than 100 appearances before signing for Lincoln in the summer of 2016.
He has played twice for the Canaries and appeared alongside fellow Blues newcomer Ryan Williams while on loan at Rotherham last season.