Robbie Keane feels the squad will emerge stronger for the experience next season following the troubled conclusion to last term.
After climbing into a relatively healthy Premiership position prior to the two and a half week gap in fixtures back in February, the team won just one of the following ten games before accumulating six points from the final two outings against Blackburn and Wolves.
The Republic of Ireland striker, currently preparing for and international friendly against Romania, is aware the team did not do themselves justice in the final furlongs of the season and says this will be reflected on during the close season.
"It was an indifferent season for us and we haven't done as well as we know we could have done and people expect us to.
"We need to go away in summer and think about it, then come back next season and be up for it. We know ourselves as players and everybody else knows that we haven't done ourselves justice.
"I'm sure we will learn from it, we don't want to be down there again and I know for a fact that I don't. When you are down there you just hoping the next win is going to come and it is not a nice feeling.
"It is something I'm sure a lot of the players haven't experienced before. We have now and need to come back next season flying on all cylinders."