John Marquis scored for the first time since August to earn under-pressure Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett a much-needed 1-0 win at home to Lincoln.
Marquis’s scruffy 28th-minute strike was enough to settle a scrappy match in the south coast side’s favour.
The former Doncaster striker bundled the ball home from a yard out after Lincoln goalkeeper Josh Vickers could only parry a Christian Burgess header.
Lincoln, looking for just their second win in 11 games, could have been in front after only seven minutes when Callum Connolly put a free header over from Michael O’Connor’s free-kick.
Imps midfielder Bruno Andrade also saw his scorching long-range shot turned behind by the diving Craig MacGillivray in the 20th minute.
MacGillivray was called into action again from the resulting corner but John Akinde twice failed to beat the Portsmouth goalkeeper from close range.
The second half was largely uneventful, barring another Burgess header saved by Vickers and match-winner Marquis grazing the crossbar with a shot from distance.