This is an interesting point. I've been comparing this season a lot to 13/14 recently. Not to diminish Steve's accomplishment that season, but he was lucky enough to inherit a well knit team of hard workers at a club with low expectations and fairly low wages. In comparison, Frank has inherited an absolute mess.
One big difference, is that I felt confident in 13/14 that Steve was getting the most out of the squad, especially during the playoff semis. I feel like right now we're barely starting to gel and are already cutting teams apart. I can't imagine what we'll see later in the season.
Whether we get promoted or not, and what happens if we do is irrelevant right now. We're in the ascendancy and everyone in the league wants to be us. For me this is as good as it gets and I'm enjoying every second. I'm drunk and immensely happy right now.