Alan Stubbs believes he is on the verge of bringing back the good times to Easter Road after leading Hibernian to the Scottish Cup semi-finals.
Before beating Berwick Rangers 4-0, Hibs had moved into second place in the Scottish Championship.
"We are on the cusp of something, but we haven't achieved anything," manager Stubbs told BBC Scotland.
"They have obviously experienced the bad times, but hopefully we can now let them experience some good times."
Hibs suffered relegation last season, but Stubbs has given young talents like Scott Allan and Fraser Fyvie a chance to resurrect their reputations after failing to become first-team regulars following big-money moves to English football.
"We've got a good balance and they're very intelligent footballers," said Stubbs.
"They are hungry, they've got points to prove and I like that.
"For my liking, Berwick had too many attempts, but I said to the players before and at the end, today was just about making sure that we were in the hat.
"From that point of view, they deserve a lot of credit again. We have done the job."
Stubbs paid tribute to the visiting part-timers, shaking hands with every Berwick player after the game.
"Today was about them," he said. "When we look back at the game, this was their day.
"Yes, we were favourites and if we did what we could then we knew we had a good chance of progressing.
"All the credit must go to Berwick because they have done fantastically to get to this stage."
Berwick lie second bottom of League Two and in danger of being relegated to the Lowland League, but manager player-manager Colin Cameron points out that promotion is also still a possibility.
"We've got a fight on our hands to make sure we don't go bottom, but at the same time we've got a fight on our hands to try to get ourselves into the play-offs," said Cameron, who missed the game through injury.
"We're eight points away, so there's still a chance."
Cameron hoped his side, who have now lost four matches in a row, would take a positive showing into an important final 10 games of the season.
"The 4-0 scoreline was a bit harsh," he said. "They worked extremely hard out there and at times played some good football, but it just wasn't to be for us today.
"In the end, we're really disappointed, but we've got to take a lot of credit from the fact that we got to the quarter-finals, the club have made a bit of money out of it and now it's time for the players to put that behind them and learn from the experience."