Bristol City boss Gary Johnson hailed the character of his side after they secured automatic promotion to the Championship on the final day of the League One season.
Two David Noble goals helped put the Robins on their way back to the second tier of English football after an eight-year absence following a 3-1 victory over Rotherham at a jubilant Ashton Gate.
City held off the challenge of Blackpool and Nottingham Forest to seal second spot behind Scunthorpe United in the League One table.
"It has been an amazing season and we have been through some difficult times, but we came through them stronger and the players have shown terrific character right to the last game," Johnson told the club's official website.
"We worked with David Noble on his shooting this week and may have created a £3million player.
"He came good when it mattered and that has been the case with so many of the lads.
"We will enjoy our success and I hope all our fans do the same. Then it will be down to preparing for next season, which is now one we can all look forward too.
"There were the usual scenes in the dressing room afterwards, but also some tears. That's how much it meant to this group of players."