It hasn't been the easiest of seasons for Newcastle United.
After finishing fifth in the Premier League in 2011-12 and earning a place in the Europa League, the Toon looked to be headed in the right direction.
Enter the injury bug.
Newcastle were embarrassingly exposed for their lack of squad depth, and any hopes of reaching the heights of the previous season were dashed before Christmas.
Relegation became a serious concern. Europe no longer seemed important. The players seemed confused and uninspired, and Alan Pardew didn't look like he had any answers to his side's collapse.
However, the floodgates have slammed shut and the side has recovered. Now that the club is a little safer than they have been before, this is a time to examine the positives that have come from the players, staff and executives of Newcastle being put in such an uncomfortable situation.
Wallets have been opened, talent has been discovered and hope has sprung anew around St. James' Park.
The promise of the future, at least for now, outweighs the pain of today. Here are six reasons why the Magpies' poor season Is a blessing in disguise.