Craig Hignett paid tribute to the players and the fans following last day victory over Salford City and then vowed to get stuck in to the hard work to make sure Pools improve next term.
As has become customary, Pools fell behind early on but roared back with a memorable second half performance with goals coming from Nicky Featherstone, Nicke Kabamba and Luke James.
The visitors were well-beaten and a late consolation goal meant the 3-2 scoreline didn’t really reflect the dominance that Pools enjoyed for the majority of an enthralling encounter.
With the season now complete, Hignett has said that work will start immediately to sculpt a squad that can compete higher up the National League table during 2019/20.
“I enjoyed that a lot after the first ten minutes because we gave another stupid goal away,” Hignett told Pools PlayerHD.
“But I thought we were excellent, even when they had 11 men on the pitch we knocked it around really well and obviously when they went down to ten it made it a bit easier.
“I think Salford are the best team in the league. They have different ways of playing, they’re physical, they’ve got athletes so we had to be at the top of our game.
“Once we settled down and got a few passes together to create a few things I thought we were excellent and it was a really good way to finish the season.
“The fans understand where we are as a Football Club and even going a goal down made no difference to the atmosphere because they know we can come back from it.
“We finished 17th which doesn’t look great for us so we know we have to do better next year. It’s a big job and we know what we need to do to do it so we’ll be getting to work first thing tomorrow.”