Now their manager Chris Hughton has challenged his players to go on with it and win the Championship.
The draw means Brighton are guaranteed to finish in the top two of the championship and play premier league football next season.
The former Ireland worldwide was determined to avoid the mistakes of the past this year, and having been a permanent fixture in the top two since October, Brighton have secured promotion to the top tier for the first time since 1983.
The final whistle brought hundreds of fans onto the pitch in celebration, although the invasion was somewhat premature given that they needed Derby to stop Huddersfield winning in the late kick-off to secure mathematical promotion.
Goalkeeper Stockdale has been an nearly ever-present at the Amex Stadium this season but will he be good enough to perform consistently at the next level?
Glenn Murray fired the Seagulls in front shortly before the break with his 22nd league goal of the season before Solly March added a second from close-range.
The Seagulls last played in the old First Division in 1982/83 and later flirted with disaster as they narrowly avoided relegation to the National League before the turn of the millennium.
"To be here at the Amex stadium, with nearly 30,000 Brighton fans... it's all our dreams come true".
It's a massive motivation for this group of lads.
"It's a wonderful achievement and there's so many people that I'm absolutely delighted for, certainly the chairman", said Hughton.
Nevertheless, it is Bloom's love for the game and club which has ultimately ensured Brighton reaching the pinnacle of England's soccer league.
Freddie Sears put the hosts ahead at Portman Road before former Ipswich man Daryl Murphy equalised.
Blackburn salvaged a 1-1 draw from Bristol City's trip to Ewood Park, Sam Gallagher cancelling out Tammy Abraham's effort, but they remain third bottom and deep in trouble.
"We made mistakes and we got paid for it".
In the remainder of the playoff picture, wins for Reading, Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham saw Leeds edged out of the top six.