AFC Wimbledon captain Barry Fuller says the Dons deserve their place in League One after their play-off final victory on Monday.
Fuller himself might have scored in the dying embers of the match but for a terrific save from Luke McCormick when through on goal.
And the 31-year-old right-back says the Dons are full value for their new League One position, despite being written off at the start of the season.
He said: "From the outside no, no one had us down to be in the play-offs.
"In camp at the start of the season we had a meeting, we looked around and we believed we had enough in there to make the play-offs.
"We've done that, and we earned the right to be here today - we beat Accrington, obviously doing a job, and we've done our job today and earned the right to be in League One now."
The Dons had to scrap for a final day play-off place, ironically sneaking through after the Pilgrims equalised against Cambridge deep into stoppage time.
It capped off a terrific comeback for Neal Ardley's men , who picked up only four wins from the opening two and a half months of the season.
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A play-off position, let alone promotion, seemed increasingly implausible at the time, and to win promotion has made the fairytale even more surreal for Fuller.
The former Barnet and Charlton man said: "You can't really, a moment like that you can't put it into words.
"It's a great achievement.
"To do it for this football club means a lot and the way the players performed all season and especially today shows how much we care about this football club."