Match ends, Portsmouth 1, Exeter City 0.
Jed Wallace's late goal saw Portsmouth finally see off Exeter at Fratton Park.
Wallace had earlier missed a second-half penalty, blazing well over after Grecians defender Christian Ribeiro had tripped Matt Tubbs in the area.
James Dunne struck the bar from long range, after Wallace had been denied by a fine save from Christy Pym.
Arron Davies clipped the bar for Exeter but it was the hosts who won the game in the last minute of normal time thanks to Wallace's fine solo effort.
Exeter have now won just one of their last nine games and are without a win in their last five.
Portsmouth manager Andy Awford told BBC Radio Solent:
"I think it was a fantastic game of football. Exeter fully played their part but I have to give our lads some credit today, they kept going right until the end.
"The spirit got us there in the end, after the penalty miss it would have been easy to drop heads but we kept going and we are delighted with the three points.
"I think we have looked solid since we changed the back, back to a three, and the whole team deserve credit for it. They have taken on board what we have tried to do on the training pitch and stuck to game plans."
- 18PassleySubstituted forBarchamat 45'minutes
- 8J WallaceBooked at 59minsSubstituted forAtanganaat 90+2'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 2ButterfieldBooked at 73mins
- 6RibeiroBooked at 72mins
- 33HarleyBooked at 36minsSubstituted forMorrisonat 63'minutes
- 20NicholsSubstituted forWheelerat 76'minutes
- 23NichollsSubstituted forNobleat 82'minutes
- Pat Miller
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Portsmouth 1, Exeter City 0.
Paul Robinson (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by David Wheeler (Exeter City).
Nigel Atangana (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Nigel Atangana (Portsmouth).
Arron Davies (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Portsmouth. Nigel Atangana replaces Jed Wallace.
Goal! Portsmouth 1, Exeter City 0. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
Attempt blocked. Matt Oakley (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Arron Davies (Exeter City) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.
Attempt saved. David Wheeler (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution, Exeter City. David Noble replaces Alex Nicholls.
Attempt blocked. Andy Barcham (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Attempt saved. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt saved. Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) header from very close range misses to the right.
Substitution, Exeter City. David Wheeler replaces Tom Nichols.