After a slow start to the season, Rams fans were concerned they wouldn't have much to shout about again this year and would have to settle for mid-table mediocrity.
As it turned out losing to rivals Forest in September might've been the best thing that could've happened to the club, as it saw a new manager come in and a charge up the table to where they currently sit in third.
The season got even better for all involved with Derby last night, as the club took home three of the four awards for which they were nominated at the football league awards. The team responsible for Derby's digital content beat QPR, Coventry City, Bournemouth and Oxford United to the Best Digital Content and Audience Growth award:
It comes in a good week for the player, who Steve McClaren made clear has a big part to play in his plans for next season: "We see Mason – we hope – as a big player for us next season and we want him to get the experience of the football league on a consistent basis."
Bennett put in a shining display in the FA Cup defeat to Chelsea, and has a bright future ahead of him in football.
A player that has been spoken about excessively over the last couple of seasons was also back in the headlines last night, after Will Hughes pipped Liam Moore of Leicester and Alex Pritchard on-loan at Swindon from Tottenham to the Young Player of the Year award:
Shame I couldn't be there tonight but delighted to have won young player of the year! Big thanks to everyone at DCFC #proud— Will Hughes (@willhughes44) March 16, 2014
Former winners have included Gareth Bale of Real Madrid and would suggest an exciting future ahead of Hughes, with interest from a host of clubs over the last few seasons.
Derby CEO Sam Rush said of the player: "He's a very grounded young man, considering the achievements he has had and the exposure he has had,"
No doubt fans will be looking for the successes to continue on the pitch now, and a performance from Hughes in arguably their biggest game of the season this weekend against Forest.