The Argyle boss admitted: "I never thought I would taste the bad run we had, that spell was gut-wrenching, but in the end we went to Wolves and came out of it with a 1-0 result.
"From Wolves onwards we have been reasonably competitive.
"It's a difficult league. Quite a few sides have had bad spells and the nature of the league is that everybody seems capable of beating everyone else on their day."
Argyle have lost just once in their last five league matches ahead of Sunday's final game at home to Barnsley and Sturrock could not be happier.
He added: "Obviously I am delighted that we are in this league for another season.
"I think I pre-warned most people at the start of the season just how difficult this season was going to be.
"What I have found out is that moulding a team in this league is the most difficult thing to do."