Michael Tonge has admitted that he is desperate for Stoke to avoid the same fate as Sheffield United.
The Blades were relegated on the final day of the 2006/07 campaign as Carlos Tevez inspired West Ham to safety.
Tonge joined the Potters over the summer and accepts that he may be involved in another relegation fight this term.
Stoke are currently 13th in the Premier League table after making a solid start to the season and Tonge does not want to be dragged into another scrap for survival.
"It does leave a bit of a sour taste because Tevez played such a crucial role in keeping the team up," said the midfielder.
"It was strange getting relegated because it didn't hit you until you went back after the summer.
"I'm even more determined to make sure we stay up at Stoke this season. The gaffer is preparing us really well and dealing with each game as it comes, trying to get what we can from it."
Tonge has had to settle for a place on the substitutes' bench in most games this season and he concedes it has been frustrating.
However, he is keeping a positive attitude and hopes to help the team whenever he is called upon.
He said: "It is difficult because when you are used to playing regularly it is frustrating.
"I will try to stay patient. It won't be the 11 players that keep you up, it's the lads that come in when they are needed that are crucial.
"You have to prepare like you are going to play every week."