Yep. Especially climbing out of the saddle. Even on my studded, hybrid tank, having clipless pedals and bar ends is a thing of beauty. I managed about 5 or 6 years before my first clipless-related fall a few weeks ago.
As a learning technique, I recommend -- once the ground softens up a bit where you are -- riding onto some soft grass and just falling over clipped in, preferably in front of a large crowd.