While looking back upon the 2012 season, when Stephen Gostkowski caught more heat than at any other point in his career, the Patriots kicker takes pride in his ability to shake the adversity and finish strong.

The seven-year veteran learned a lot about himself through the early-season struggles, and there’s something to be said for a guy who can take a negative experience and transform it into a conductor for self-improvement.

“I don’t have many regrets from last year,” said Gostkowski, who read two books to the students at Garvin Memorial Elementary School in Cumberland, R.I., yesterday. “I had a couple ups and downs. Obviously, I would like to take back the Arizona kick, but that’s something that I learned a lot from. That’s the first time in my career that I’ve missed a kick like that. I’ve seen it happen to everybody, the best of the best, so you just learn from it. You move on, and I got to come back and have two opportunities in the Jets game.

“It’s easy to have a great year and nothing bad go wrong. I think it says a lot more for someone to have some ups and downs and be able to respond from it every time. You’ve seen it from other guys throughout the NFL this year, have a couple bad games and have really gone into the tank. I really finished strong, made 10, 12, 15 kicks in a row, made all my kicks in the playoffs. At the end of the day, I could look back and at least say I accomplished something by bouncing back and finishing strong.

“At the end of the day, I’m really most concerned about winning, and I was most upset that we lost in the AFC Championship Game. But you do get a little time to reflect on your own personal season. And I’m very hard on myself, but I’m not looking at all the bad. I try to look at some of the good, too.”

Gostkowski made 29-of-35 field goals last season, and his 82.9 conversion percentage was the third lowest of his career. His 29 field goals were the second most of his career, but he also missed a career-high six kicks, including the decisive boot as time expired against the Cardinals in Week 2.