Liam Moore lauded the Reading support on a celebratory day in RG2 - with the Royals having secured survival prior to their goalless draw against Birmingham on Sunday.
Reading's largest home attendance of the season watched on with a youthful Reading team taking the field on Sunday lunchtime.
A Lap of Appreciation was well-attended after the game, with Royals supporters sharing a moment of pride with their squad after earning survival.
"It's been a brilliant day after what's been a really tough season," Moore reflected. "In the last couple of months, we've really united on and off the pitch.
"And to have a celebration - not for the season because it's been disappointing - but a celebration of how we've become united again, we've signed off John O'Shea in a very fashionable way, so it's a good day.
"We're a lot more realistic, the position we finished in is where we're at this season. We were under it a lot, I felt we had a really big possibility of going down.
"But we realised that, everyone dug in, we maybe haven't hit the heights we have been capable of this season but we dug in, and we've done it together.
"Our young players still have a bit to learn, the young ones who started today are talented boys. They've got the world at their feet when they've got the ball, but it's the other side of it that we've been working on with them.
"The manager will persist working with them, and if they show the right attitude then I'm sure they'll get plenty more games.
"I'll have a few weeks away, I can't wait to switch off physically and mentally because it's been a tough season, let the body rest and come back fresh."