LIAM Trotter had "mixed emotions" after Millwall escaped relegation on the final day of the season despite their 1-0 defeat to Derby County.
The Lions were spared the dreaded drop to League One by Crystal Palace's win over Peterborough and a 2-2 draw between Barnsley and Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
But Trotter believes Millwall did enough to warrant another year in the Championship despite their poor run of form since the turn of the year.
"We have got mixed emotions," he said. "We didn't want to rely on anyone else for us to stay up but that's the way it's turned out. We got 56 points so I think we deserved to stay up.
"We've had a tough run with 11 games in just over 30 days, which has been very difficult. We can be happy we came through that and stayed in the league. We'll be looking to kick on next season.
"I wouldn't say I am relieved that the season's over because I like playing football, but we are happy to get to the end. An FA Cup semi-final and 56 points is a good season.
"The league was very tight this year – and nobody else had to contend with what we did over the last month, so we've got to be happy with that.
"I think most fans would have taken staying up and getting to Wembley. Maybe we'd have stayed up comfortably without the cup run but the chances are we wouldn't have made the play-offs anyway.
"I'm happy with the way things turned out."
Trotter missed the majority of the Lions' run in through injury and admitted it had been frustrating watching his teammates struggle to pick up points from the sidelines.
"It's been disappointing," he said. "I always want to play and be involved. It's worse when you don't really know exactly what the injury is or why it's giving you problems.
"It was fine against Derby. My knee isn't 100 per cent but I was able to come through 90 minutes."