Erik Edman says this has to be seen as a progressive season - whether or not things go our way and we qualify for Europe on the final day.
The Swedish full-back has been in the best form of his season in recent weeks - including his wonder strike at Liverpool - as we battle it out for seventh place in the Barclays Premiership.
It will all be decided on Sunday when we need to beat Blackburn at least 3-0 at the Lane and hope Manchester City only topple Middlesbrough by the odd goal. If Boro manage a draw, they will take seventh and the final UEFA Cup spot.
However, with ninth place at least guaranteed and two cup quarter-finals, Erik says we have to reflect positively on season 2004-05.
"We've had a lot of players coming in, changed the Head Coach and if you look at the whole season you have to be quite happy," said Erik, a new arrival himself in August from Dutch outfit Heerenveen.
"With a little luck we could have reached the Carling Cup Final and we also played well at Newcastle in the FA Cup but went out.
"Okay, perhaps finishing in the top 10 doesn't mean that much elsewhere but we now have solid ground to stand on."