Sunderland boss Roy Keane is eyeing a big improvement next season after watching his side finally end their relegation worries with a dramatic 3-2 derby victory against Middlesbrough.
Keane was particularly pleased with the way his side responded to last weekend's defeat at Newcastle United as they battled to the end before finally seeing off Boro's challenge.
He said after his side's last-gasp victory: "We've had a long week this week after the Newcastle game. I was disappointed with the reaction of certain people, both the media and our supporters.
"We know we're short, but you shouldn't question the players. They've answered a few people today, like I knew they would.
"If they'd dropped their heads - and it would have been very easy to - trust me, we'd have been well adrift with Derby, that's a promise.
"But we have a good dressing room and, if we didn't have a good dressing room, we'd have been knackered.
"It's part of the master-plan, shall we say. The first part was to get promoted, which I felt was going to be easy.
"Staying in the Premier League was another challenge, but we've got another year left and hopefully that will be to improve the squad and make sure we're higher up in the table.
"We've got two games to go and we're still confident we can try to get a few points on the board and finish as high as possible."