Adam Murray has chalked up last season to experience after the Stags assistant manager fell out with boss Paul Cox mid-season and had loan spells at Rainworth and Worksop before returning to make a huge impact in keeping the club up.
He also admitted he enjoyed proving wrong the people who though he was over the hill.
“It’s was an up and down season and a strange one for me,” he said. “But I have learned a lot from the experience.
“I came back into the frame and did what I could to help the side.
“I have been in football long enough now to understand anything can happen and when it does you have to deal with it.
“But I would rather sweep all that under the carpet now and look at the positives.
“I have been written off for the last three years with people saying my legs were gone which just fires me up to be honest.”