The latter is now back at Hibernian and Stevenson feels the crop of experienced summer signings such as Owain Tudur Jones, James Collins and Paul Heffernan, allied with young players like Alex Harris, can help Hibs enjoy improved fortunes in the Scottish Premiership this season.
The 25-year-old, whose team face Partick Thistle at Firhill on Monday night, said: "I have been ever-present this season and it would be nice to keep that going but we have got a strong squad and things can change, players are coming back from injuries and everyone needs to be on their toes.
"I honestly think we've got as strong a squad as we have had since I've been here.
"When I first came there were a lot of players who went on to play in England and play for the Old Firm.
"That was probably the best squad I have played with but I see a lot of players here with a lot of ability and young boys with a lot of potential so I don't see why we can't kick on and be as good as we were then."
Hibs have recovered from a poor start to the season when they shipped nine goals against Malmo in the Europa League before losing their first two league games, although a six-match unbeaten run came to an abrupt halt at Inverness last weekend.
Stevenson said: "A lot of players came in in the summer and it maybe took us a bit of time to gel.
"I was never worried it wasn't going to happen after the first two games. Even the Motherwell and Hearts games could have gone either way.
"I thought the manager was getting a lot of unneeded pressure. We are all going in the right direction and everyone was behind him so it's nice that we turned it round for him.
"The players and people behind the scenes know he is doing a good job."
A 3-0 defeat against Caley Thistle punctured their good run and Stevenson is determined to atone at Firhill.
"We need to get back to winning ways," he said.
"It wasn't just the result, the whole performance let us down. To a man I don't think anyone can say they played well, which is disappointing.
"But this is a good chance to bounce back. I like night games, there is always a good atmosphere, especially at a traditional stadium like Thistle's.
"I have seen some of their games on the telly, the pitch looks good and it seems a good atmosphere."