Cheltenham midfielder Marlon Pack has admitted the team are still hurting after missing out on promotion to League One last term.
The Robins finished sixth at the end of the regular season, and progressed to the play-off final at Wembley before losing 2-0 to Crewe.
"We were so close to being in a higher division, playing bigger clubs and in front of bigger crowds," Pack, 21, told BBC Points West.
"I don't think it's left the system."
He added: "It's good motivation for this season to make sure we go one better."
Manager Mark Yates has managed to keep hold the nucleus of his squad for the forthcoming campaign, and has also brought in five new faces.
"To keep the core players puts us in good stead for this season," continued Pack.
"They've also done a good job again on recruitment and we've already got a strong squad here so hopefully we'll emulate our form from season."
Cheltenham were favourites for the drop at the start of last season and although they exceeded their own expectations to reach Wembley, Pack insists they are now aiming higher.
"We had the underdog status last season but you can't go to a play-off final, be one game away from playing in League One, and not do any better this year," he said.
"You've got to be positive and try and go one better.
"The squad, the fans and the management all believe we can do something this year, and it would be stupid of us to think otherwise.
"To take a step backwards wouldn't be a good thing."