Portsmouth manager Steve Cotterill praised match-winner Erik Huseklepp after his team's injury-time 1-0 win over Blackpool at Fratton Park.
Norway international Huseklepp ended the deadlock with a spectacular volley in the 94th minute after Blackpool had made all the running.
Cotterill, whose side had managed only one win all season, said: "Everybody will be delighted for him because it was a fantastic goal at such a crucial time. No one saves shots like that one. They could have had a row of goalkeeper on the line and it would have made no difference."
He added: "It is difficult for foreign players to come in because expectations are always so big and we have thrown him in at the deep end quicker than we would have liked.
"Hopefully he will now enjoy his weekend and I think in time he will be a big asset to this football club."
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway was irate with referee Darren Deadman who booked eight players although there were few hectic moments for him to negotiate.
Holloway said: "I am not blaming the referee for our defeat. I just did not like his performance.
"Tom Ince got a yellow card for diving when he should have awarded us a penalty. I have never seen anything like that, it was a terrible, terrible decision.
"It was a shame to lose in such a way right at the death. We dominated the ball and possession in a way you do not expect of a team playing away from home.
"Last year when we were in the Premier League we let in a lot of late goals so maybe this is a hangover."