Chesterfield boss Paul Cook said his side were outstanding during the 1-1 draw at rivals Sheffield United.
Ian Evatt’s first goal of the season drew the Spireites level early on in the second half and cancelled out Marc McNulty’s opener.
It means a sixth place finish for Cook’s side and a meeting with Preston North End in the play-offs as the Blades play Swindon Town.
And, while he was delighted for a Sunday second leg for supporters, he was more than satisfied with the display at Bramall Lane.
He said: “Sometimes you don’t win but I thought Sheffield United scored against the run of play. We have shown the ability to lose games when there’s not much in them, if this was the first step of the play-offs we’d be going back 1-1 with it all to play for so there’s a long way to go.
“The players deserve a massive pat on the back. You can look back at the season and everyone’s played their part. We’ve had a very successful season as a club and that makes me very proud. We were a credit to the club as were our supporters and that’s how you’ve got to play football.”
And on the play-offs, Cook added: “It’s a massive game on Thursday night and let’s have another blue day, let’s get the place rocking.”