It was the A-League season that got away from Brisbane, but it was also one that makes coach John Aloisi feel proud.
After watching his side squander a 3-0 semi-final lead over Western Sydney on Sunday, a shattered Aloisi was left to rue what could have been in his first year at the club.
Compounding his regret was the Roar's failure to claim the Premiers Plate and a home semi-final a fortnight earlier, when they were unable to score against a second-string Melbourne Victory.
"It's probably the season that got away," Aloisi said after the Wanderers won the semi-final 5-4 in extra-time to set up a grand-final date with Adelaide.
"We had an opportunity to win something a few weeks ago and then also to get to a grand final tonight.
"It wasn't meant to be.
"But the young boys will learn from the experience.
"Mixed in with a few older players they'll learn from this about how to maybe close a game out when you're 3-0 up."
In the biggest comeback in the league's history, the Wanderers scored four unanswered goals at Pirtek Stadium via Romeo Castelen's hat-trick and Brendon Santalab's strike.
Jamie Maclaren equalised to send the contest to extra-time, but Dario Vidosic broke Brisbane hearts in the 102nd minute.
It capped off a campaign of significant home success for the Roar at Suncorp Stadium, but also one comprising only three victories on the road.
Aloisi hit back at a suggestion his team should have "shut up shop" to hold onto their lead, declaring Brisbane would always be an open, attacking team as long as he was around.
And after a turbulent off-season when most wrote off the Roar's chances, he was in a way still pleased.
"It's hard to take now, but I'm proud of the way they kept going until the end," Aloisi said.
"I'm proud of their season, and we'll look to improve for next season to hopefully win something.
"Whoever's involved with Brisbane Roar won't be happy with not winning something, because we want to win.
"But we know how far we've come."