Steve Bruce is confident he will be a better manager for the experience of guiding Sunderland through their current crisis.
The 49-year-old saw his side booed off at half-time at the Stadium of Light on Saturday as the home fans vented their frustration at a run of 11 Barclays Premier League games without a victory.
They now head for bottom side Portsmouth knowing an extension of that sequence could see the four-point advantage they enjoy over the bottom three evaporate and plunge them deep into trouble.
However, Bruce is doing what he has done for much of his managerial career to date, rolling up his sleeves and preparing to drag his side out of the mire.
He said: "When you come through it, it makes you better because you learn from it. Nobody likes it, nobody enjoys it, you would be lying if you said you enjoyed it. But certainly you learn from it and you take it on with you.
"I have worked hard all my life and I will try to work as hard as I can to pull us around. I am the same one who came in six months ago, nothing has changed in that respect. There's no hiding place from it, we have just got to get a result, it's as simple as that."