Lee Johnson is already looking ahead to next season after seeing Oldham end in mid-table following a 1-1 draw against Notts County.
County came from behind thanks to Alan Sheehan's penalty against an Oldham side who ended the game with 10 men.
A late-season surge from County brought 19 points out of 27 and they finished one place above the relegation zone.
Oldham made the majority of chances before taking a 68th-minute lead when Adam Lockwood headed in a Gary Harkins free-kick.
County could have gone further behind, but Sheehan drilled in from the spot after 75 minutes after Oldham defender Jonathan Grounds was penalised for handling Jamal Campbell-Ryce's cross.
Oldham soon had Lockwood sent off for his second yellow card and it was the visitors who went closest to snatching a late victory.
Johnson said: "I wanted a season of progression and, although it wasn't an outstanding success, I think we achieved that.
"Next year we will be more experienced as a team and more experienced as a coaching staff after a full season in the job.
"There was a spell when things didn't go well for us, but there were circumstances behind that and I always felt confident that results would pick up when our injuries cleared.
"I knew we were good enough and I want the supporters to stick with us and trust us so that we can continue our progression.
"There are lessons to be learned from this season, especially that we need to take responsibility for scoring a second goal when we get ourselves in front.
"One or two players will leave and it's looking 99 per cent sure that we'll lose Jonathan Grounds, but we are already looking at who will strengthen us as a club."