Brighton's Liam Rosenior believes the team can use last season's pain as a driving force for the coming campaign
Chris Hughton's side missed out on automatic promotion to the Premier League on the final day of last season after being held to a 1-1 draw by Middlesbrough - a result that sealed a return to the top flight for Aitor Karanka's men after a seven-year absence.
Brighton endured a painful end to what was otherwise a successful season
Albion were then dumped out of the play-off semi-finals by Sheffield Wednesday, compounding a miserable end to what was otherwise a successful season.
And Rosenior believes the experience of coming so close to promotion will be a key driver in the team's plans for achieving "something special" next season, which begins with a trip to Derby County on the opening day.
Ross Wallace celebrates after scoring the first goal for Sheffield Wednesday in last season's play-off encounter
He told The Argus: "I still think about last season, but we've got to use that disappointment and hurt to go again.
Brighton manager Chris Hughton
"Knowing the players and staff, I'm sure we'll use it as a positive tool and we have got a chance of doing something special this year."
Brighton boss Chris Hughton is likely to take a particularly keen interest in the fixtures with former employers Newcastle United and Norwich City, both of whom will add another dimension to the race for promotion, alongside Roberto Di Matteo's Aston Villa.