Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie admits it would've been easy to have shown Paul Hart the door earlier this season.
But now he feels Pompey's boss is getting the reward for his work in the shape of three wins and a draw in the past five games.
Storrie told The News: "It would have been an easy decision to look at it, see we were losing games and let Paul go.
"But he has seen the job through in a difficult situation. A lot of managers wouldn't have wanted to do that and would have said they wanted to go.
"He's been a rock. He's always had support from the players, they have always been behind him. The fans have turned a bit for him now.
"Last season he said he had to play a way to keep us up. It's not his way. He played a defensive system to keep us up, and did that.
"This year he has been far more attacking. The fans are coming around. The support he got at the weekend was fantastic."