Derby County missed out of the play-offs after enduring a disastrous run of form to close the campaign.
The Rams tumbled from being title challengers to slipping out of the Championship play-offs in rapid time, after enduring a disastrous run of form, and they decided to hold a debate into what went wrong after the dust had cleared.
In the meeting numerous issues where addressed, but Russell says the message was mainly positive.
Steve McClaren chose to focus on highlighting what Derby had done well throughout the campaign, and Russell says that a 5-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers particularly stood out.
“That game was probably one of the highlights of the season," he said. "As a group, it is one of the best games that we have played; everything came together on the day.
“That was the first time that we properly clicked and it just shows what we can do when we are at it.
“We spoke about it in the team meeting a couple of days after the end of the season. We had a bit of a slow start and then we had a really good run in the middle section if you like.
“We never really kicked on when we got to the top, for whatever reason, and then the last two months of the season has been one to forget."
Derby's win over Wolves was a very impressive one and it came at a point in the season when everything was going swimmingly for McClaren's men.
The Rams appeared to be the standout team in the second-tier, but injuries dismantled the season as it progressed.
Derby went on to win just two of their last 13 matches and it means that they will be looking to make it third time lucky under McClaren next season, as they try and make it back into the Premier League.