Boss Sean O'Driscoll vowed to produce a new vibrant Bristol City team after Wade Elliott's 16th-minute goal ensured League One football for the hosts next season as they were beaten by Birmingham.
The head coach is resigned to a summer of losing many of his highest-paid players but is relishing the challenge of turning fortunes around after defeat by Birmingham confirmed their relegation.
He said: "That result and performance sums up the club's season. The players gave it everything in the second half but couldn't take the chances.
"We needed promotion form when I took over and that is not easy with the same group of players when you are bottom of the table.
"There will be changes in the summer and we will do our best to provide a vibrant young team, who can take the club up again.
"It is no good having an academy if you are not ready to use the players it produces. The fans have stuck behind us brilliantly and we want to reward that."
Elliott swept home a right-footed shot after 16 minutes after Nathan Redmond's mazy run had unlocked Bristol's defence but Birmingham had to withstand heavy second half pressure from a spirited home team to record the win that almost guarantees Championship football next season.
Boss Lee Clark said: "We are not quite mathematically safe and it would be nice to take care of that with a good result in front of our own fans on Saturday.
"We owe them a big performance because we have not been at our best in recent home games. My two centre-backs were fantastic. We had to defend well because we didn't pass the ball as we can.
"Our good away form has been the result of being solid as a unit and that was evident again in this match. Now I want a really big effort at St Andrew's because there are a lot of positives to take from the second half of our season."