Dougie Freedman believes Crystal Palace can look back on a 'wonderful season' after beating the drop.
The Eagles struggled throughout the 2010/11 campaign and parted company with boss George Burley on New Year's Day.
Former fans' favourite Freedman was handed the reins and charged with the task of steering the club to safety.
He has hit that target, with a 3-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest on the final day having no impact on Palace's Championship status.
The season may not have been as successful as the Eagles had hoped, but Freedman feels there is cause for optimism heading forward.
"I think when we started where we were, second bottom, you take it as a wonderful season," he told the club's official website.
"Many so-called experts said we were down at that point and people told me I must be crazy to take the job. So if you assess it from that point, it's been hugely successful.
"It was our mission to stay in this division and we've done it. We will regroup in the summer.
"It's not the best way to finish. It was a fair result and I'm disappointed with the game but Forest are a very, very good team, possibly the best passing team in the division. I thought we stayed at it and showed commitment and kept our pride intact to the final whistle."
Freedman has already turned his attention to the 2011/12 campaign, with loan star James Vaughan among those he is hoping he will be allowed to make a move for over the summer.
"Financially the situation needs to be looked at," he said.
"If we can do it, then of course I will. If I feel the time is right I will wheel and deal, which seven out of 10 managers in this division have to do. We're a team that builds up from young players, and that's what we will continue to do.
"My criteria is that I want to have every player that plays for us under contract with Crystal Palace so I can improve them.
"If we need to dip into the loan market, I will. If the sums add up in terms of numbers, I've had five or six loans so I'd like five or six permanent signings."