Eidur Gudjohnsen has been impressed with how the squad has handled the pressure of fighting for fourth place in the Premier League.
The lads have responded to the challenge with a run of seven wins in the last nine matches to put the team in pole position in the race for the Champions League.
We're currently fourth in the standings with just two points between the four challenging teams - ourselves and Villa are on 64 points, City have 63 and Liverpool 62, although Villa and Liverpool have played a game more.
A championship and multi-cup winner with both Chelsea and Barcelona, including lifting the Champions League with Barca last season, Eidur knows exactly what it takes to get over the finishing line in these situations.
"This is what football's about - I'm lucky enough to have been in this position throughout my career," said Eidur. "The lads have handled it well because for many of them it's the first time they've been in this position.
"We've progressed well in the last few weeks. Arsenal and Chelsea were massive results not just because of winning, but the way in which we played.
"We now go into the last three games and it's in our hands to hold onto that fourth spot."
We kick-off the final week of the campaign at home to Eidur's former club Bolton on Saturday. We then travel to City on Wednesday before the season's finale at Burnley on Sunday week, May 9.
"It's mainly a mental thing (at this stage)," added Eidur. "We need to be strong enough characters, to look at ourselves and be big enough players and a big enough team to take that last step, to get in fourth and stay there.
"There's a lovely prize at the end of it - the Champions League - and there is no bigger or better competition to be in than that. We all realise that and we are all going to do everything we can to do it."