DARREN Moore would not let a final-day reverse against Crystal Palace take away from what Albion have achieved in his time in charge of first-team affairs.
The Baggies were beaten by two goals to nil at Selhurst Park, meaning their eight-year stay in the Premier League ended in defeat.
But although the trip to South London proved "a game too far" for Mooro's men, the big man reiterated his satisfaction at restoring some pride at the end of a difficult season for the football club.
"It was a difficult end to a difficult season," admitted Darren.
"The biggest thing that the players have done is to restore some pride to the football club and belief to the supporters.
"Certainly over the last six games we've seen some fighting spirit. We wanted to go out on a high but it was a game too far."
Second-half goals from Wilfried Zaha and Patrick van Aanholt condemned Darren to his first defeat in the Baggies dugout.
But it was a run of five games unbeaten - including victories against Manchester United, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur - that defined his time at the helm.
"It's a strange one to say, but we are going down on a positive note," he added.
"I stand here proud to represent the football club.
"Now it's time for the club to start that rebuilding process and get ready for the start of next season."