Burton Albion manager Paul Peschisolido says he will be a stronger manager as a result of a "very stressful" season.
The Brewers avoided relegation back to the Blue Square Bet Premier thanks largely to an unbeaten run spanning the final six games of their campaign.
Peschisolido told Midlands Today: "It's been difficult. The season has not gone to plan and that's difficult to take.
"But we've managed to get through it - it's going to make me stronger and hopefully Burton Albion will benefit."
After a steady start to the league campaign and a historic FA Cup run which saw the Brewers beat Championship side Middlesbrough to reach the fourth round, a difficult run of form after Christmas meant Peschisolido's side were forced to endure a battle against relegation.
Burton eventually secured their status in the Football League with a 1-1 draw at Southend on the penultimate Saturday of the season.
Peschisolido continued: "We had a cup run which was magnificent but that gets forgotten when you have a relegation battle and it gets nervy.
"It's hard to take when the decisions you're making aren't quite working and elements are going against you - it really does test you as a person.
"The club has done so well to get where it has over 10 years to get that Football League status - to be the one to take that away would have been absolutely horrifying.
"That's what gives you the stress, that's what gives you the pressure. It's hard to take at times but we got through it."
Peschisolido took over as Burton boss in May 2009 after the club was promoted from the Blue Square Bet Premier.
He guided the club to a 13th-placed finish in his first season in charge but admits there were times during this campaign he feared his job may be under threat.
"I knew there was that danger, because we were dangerously close to the bottom," he explained. "But the chairman and the board of directors have been really, really supportive throughout.
"There's always a thought in the back of your head saying 'I could go here' and that's worrying for a new manager. But I'm not here for the short term.
"The chairman put faith in me giving me the job even though I was relatively unknown in terms of management. I didn't want to let him down."
The Brewers won just one league game in the opening two months of 2010 but they eventually managed to turn their fortunes around at the end of the season.
"It was a fantastic feeling [to stay up] but at the same time you've got this element of disappointment that the season has not gone as planned," Peschisolido said.
"What we didn't want to do is go into the last game knowing that we had to beat Accrington - who were chasing a play-off spot - to stay in the league."
"My heart was in my mouth [during the Southend game]. It was stressful, but I'm glad its finished now."