If anything, it put resolve in the Niner fanbase, and that old mantra of "bandwagon" fan that had been hanging with most of us was shed. The reality: most of us grew up during the dynasty era. Very few proud fans can claim homage to the Niners of the 60s/70s, so growing up trying to defend yourself a Niner faithful was tough, as it was easy to be labeled as someone who roots for a winning franchise.
Kudos to all those that stuck with the team through tough times. It makes our success NOW all that more sweeter.