Stoke City boss Tony Pulis took the opportunity to hit back at the club's detractors after Saturday's 2-1 win over Hull City ensured their Premier League survival.
The Potters were predicted to struggle in the top-flight following their promotion from the Championship last summer.
However, they reached 42 points with victory at the KC Stadium, which also moved them up to the dizzy heights of 12th place in the table.
"It means everything and to prove a lot of people wrong is nice," said Pulis.
"I worked very hard in my career as a player and as a coach, I always get up and try to do my best and that is what we have all tried to do this year. The players have been smashing in every game we have played too.
"I'm absolutely delighted. It's been a tough season for us but we have kept going.
"We have been battle-hardened. We didn't get off to the best of starts and we have had spells in the season when things have not gone our way.
"But the players have always believed in it, I have and the big bonus is that everyone in Stoke-on-Trent has."