"No one gave us a prayer coming into the competition," said a defiant Lennon.
"There were people saying we wouldn't get a point and people saying we wouldn't get into the Europa League.
"But we felt that we had a decent chance and that's what we have given ourselves.
"It would be my best achievement as a manager here. It would be great for everyone associated with the club.
"And it would give the players something to look forward to and get their teeth into in the New Year.
"However, regardless of the outcome, we will have European football and that was one of the targets going into the group.
"Which competition it is in remains to be seen but of course we would all love to be in the Champions League, obviously," he added.