Lee Gregory says Millwall's 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship campaign has been a "big achievement" for the club, although he's admitted it's disappointing they have fallen just short in their bid for a play-off spot.
Two successive defeats against promotion chasing Fulham and Middlesbrough ended a stunning 17-match unbeaten run from The Lions, and barring a miraculous set of final day results Neil Harris' men will miss out on a top-six place.
However, Gregory says the mere fact they are frustrated to miss out on the play-offs shows just how far the club have come following promotion from League One just a year ago.
“It’s a bit disappointing at the end of the day not to make the play-offs after how far we’ve come this season," he told millwallfc.co.uk.
“But if you look at it as a whole it’s been a massive season for us and I’ve personally enjoyed every minute of it.
“Up until December you never thought we’d be in this situation. From a personal point of view I’m still disappointed we haven’t made the play-offs.
“But it’s a big achievement for the club to be finishing in the table where we are now, so it’s all about us progressing now."
The 29-year-old, who has notched 10 goals for the club this term, says the camaderie within the team has made a telling difference on their performances.
He added: “The lads have enjoyed everything about this season. We’ve had a laugh every single day and that’s what's made us a better team.
“Everyone else was thinking we were going to be bottom four or five, so we’ve just showed with character and resilience what you can achieve.
“We need to come back in pre-season thinking about the unbeaten run we went on in such a competitive league, and not the disappointment of narrowly missing out on the play-offs.
“We may have fallen narrowly short, but nonetheless we need to be proud of our efforts."
The Lions take on Aston Villa in front of a sold-out Den on Sunday in their final fixture of the season (kick-off 12:30pm).