Harry Kane’s penalty eight minutes after the interval seemed to spark Manuel Pellegrini’s men into life at the Etihad and after putting us under some intense pressure, Kelechi Iheanacho came up with the leveller.
Rather than letting our heads drop after that, we continued to battle and our reward came seven minutes from time when substitute Erik Lamela set up Christian Eriksen to complete a 2-1 victory.
Goalkeeper and skipper Hugo, who was at the centre of a key moment right at the end of stoppage time as he got his fingertips to a high ball into the box with David Silva subsequently blazing over, hailed his playing colleagues for the way they refused to cave in on a ground which had seen us ship 10 goals across our previous two visits.
“It terms of performance, the spirit was key,” he said. “At 1-1, maybe a team would have given up but since the beginning of the season we have shown a strong mentality and we are ready to suffer.
“It’s not easy to come here and win. You have to suffer because Manchester City have so many talented players who show their quality and skills, so this is a team win and I’m very pleased to be part of it.
“In the top games, it’s all about details. In the key areas we were clever, in the boxes we had some chances and at the end, maybe it’s a fair result. They put pressure on but we defended well – compact, narrow and didn’t give (Sergio) Aguero a lot of space.
“Silva and (Yaya) Toure tried with their skills to find a solution but we can congratulate everyone – it was more about fight than football and we won the battle. Now we need to carry on but this will give us more belief.”
Hugo also echoed the sentiments of left-back Danny Rose in highlighting how hard work in training has played a vital role in our fine Premier League form.
“From the beginning of the season we said if we keep the same mentality, spirit and focus every day, in every training session and in every game then we could be rewarded at the end of the season,” he added.
“We need to be clever, to push and to up our levels all together. Now it’s about mentality.”