Hartlepool manager John Hughes called on his players to show no fear after the basement club triumphed 3-1 at second-bottom Portsmouth.
Jack Baldwin headed Pools in front after 18 minutes, before James Poole doubled their advantage seven minutes after the break.
Pompey youngster Jed Wallace pulled one back for the home side after 67 minutes, but Hartlepool substitute Greg Rutherford netted a third in stoppage time to seal their third victory of the season. Hughes' men are now 10 points from safety and the Pools boss hopes his side can show the composure needed to close out more games.
He said: "I just hope the games don't run out. But you have to look for inspiration and inspiration can come from so many different places. A few weeks ago we went to Sheffield United, and turned them over on their own patch. That gives me inspiration.
"But I'm also aware that trepidation can creep into your game, especially when you're winning a match. You can feel you have something to lose, but we just have to overcome that. It's time they rolled their sleeves up and when it comes to expectation, we just need to deal with it.
"You have to be a man, go on that stage, deal with the pressure and produce a performance. We have to do that as a team. We've got 18 games and 18 cup finals to go. That was the first of them. It's all about digging in and getting results."
Portsmouth caretaker manager Guy Whittingham handed Shaun Cooper, Adam Reed, James Keene, Dan Butler and Wallace their first League One starts for the club this season and gave Yassin Moutaouakil and Frankie Sutherland their debuts from the substitutes' bench.
Despite facing the uphill struggle of bedding in so many new players, Whittingham feels his side had enough chances to snatch a point.
He said: "I'd like to look at the shooting stats because I'm sure we had more chances than them, but we didn't put ours away. I don't think (goalkeeper) Simon Eastwood had much to do in the second half apart from pick two balls out of the back of the net.
"I'm very disappointed with the result. We had enough chances in the game to score and our defending was poor for the first and second goals. We were going for it when they scored the third, but the ones before that I wasn't happy with."