Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey is adamant the club's year in the Championship helped reinvigorate everyone on Tyneside.
Following a miserable 2015-16 campaign, the Magpies topped the second tier standings last term and the drop down a division gave the board and boss Rafael Benitez a chance to clear the decks and rebuild the squad.
Shelvey says a year out of the big time was what the side needed as it allowed them to build some much-needed spirit to conquer the the Championship's chaotic fixture list.
Following a solid start to life back in the Premier League, the midfielder believes the squad are benefiting from their time together last season.
"Last year, I think the club needed that, to be fair – to drop down a league and get that spine back to this football club," said the midfielder.
"It was a good time, last year. We had a lot of fun in the team and we just tried to continue that team spirit over the summer.
"I think last year was more of a case of trying to get the job done as quick as possible so we could build for this season."