Tom Huddlestone believes the dark days at the start of the season brought the team closer together - as was shown by our recovery and strong finish to the campaign.
With only two points from our first eight league games, the midfielder admits the football club was not a happy place to be at the time.
But rather than drift further and further towards the point of no return, the lads dug deep and rediscovered their winning mentality after the arrival of Harry Redknapp as manager in late October.
And Tom feels we were only able to do that by sticking together as a squad and pulling in one direction as a team.
He reflected: "When you're winning games, everybody's happy and the banter around the dressing room is good and you always enjoy coming into training.
"When things are not going right on the pitch on matchdays, it's disappointing, and that can make it hard to come into training some days.
"Considering the reinforcements that were made during that summer, we were expecting a decent season - but it was a shocking start really.
"But I think the experience brought us closer together as a squad, and during the middle of the season and towards the end of it, we showed that we fight for each other."