Tony Mowbray was left to reflect on a final day victory, but it wasn't enough to stave off relegation.
Rovers did their part with the 3-1 win over Brentford at Griffin Park, but it was results elsewhere that condemned the club to League One.
The manager was content with how the side performed, and with their displays since taking charge, but it ultimately proved to be not enough.
"I knew we were playing against a good team today who were good with the ball and they showed that at times," said Mowbray.
"We had to have a game plan coming into this game, the plan was just to try and win the match and see what was happening.
"We managed to do that but ultimately you get judged over the 46 games in a season and we have to accept it. Over the 46 games this year this group haven't been good enough to get the points required.
"But I couldn't question them in the 15 games I've been here. They've lost three from being second-bottom in the league.
"It has been fantastic effort from them all. It feels a little but unfair today because of the effort they have put in. Over the last five games if you'd have offered me 11 points I'd have snapped your hand off, but ultimately it hasn't been enough."