Vincent Kompany hailed Manchester City's resilience during their 6-1 demolition of Norwich City, whilst also refusing to be drawn on his side's chances of beating Manchester United to the Premier League title.
The emphatic victory saw a hat-trick for man-of-the-match Carlos Tevez, a double for compatriot Sergio Aguero and a late sixth for Adam Johnson and the ruthless performance made their captain confident in the club's future.
The Belgian defender spoke of how he hopes Manchester City forget about trying to catch rivals Manchester United and just continue to play at the top of their ability.
"I’ve seen so many people fight on the pitch we gave everything today, and that is all I need so I am happy with that," Kompany told Sky Sports after the game.
"I think enough has been said and all we have to do is to go out there and play. Not too much talking, just perform.
"I think we realised that for a couple of months we didn’t perform at our best. But you saw today, even guys like Carlos [Tevez] coming back in and Kun [Aguero] upfront had a great performance, not just by the goals they scored but by their work rate.
"In the defence we were strong and in midfield we won our battles so that was very positive.
"We are happy and everyone has got a smile on their face today."
Kompany was also reluctant to speculate about the possibility of their city rivals dropping points in their two games before Mancini's men take to the field again.
“I don’t care [if they drop points], we’ve said for the last six games that we just need to show what we are capable of and finish the season with no regrets, and therefore we will need to perform at our very highest," he added.
"It says a lot about how we wont to finish this season, it says a lot about how we want to start next season, so that is great."
Hat-trick hero Tevez was very evasive post-match, answering just one question before leaving the interview, with Kompany admitting that he knew he "was going to stand here alone after the first question."
Tevez's only said: "Yes [it is good to be back], am I man of the match? Thank you," before escaping back to the dressing room.