Two goals from Gabriel Jesus and a rare Raheem Sterling header put City square in the title race of the Premier League after a 3-1 win over Everton.
And to make things just a little better there was the return of Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero, both who started on the bench.
To the reaction!
Pep Guardiola Reaction
“The players responded [to the defeat at Chelsea] in a marvellous way,” he stated.
“Everton have top players. Today was tricky – a dangerous, dangerous game – especially with less than three days of recovery
”They draw at Stamford Bridge and at Liverpool, it came down to the last second.
“They have experienced players and it was something on our minds. The game wasn’t over until the end.
“Of course, we can improve and do better. Spaces were there today but there was a problem with our process. After Hoffenheim, I’m very pleased.
“Hopefully, we can improve. Spaces were there but we didn’t find them. Against Chelsea, it was more complicated to find them.
“The three centre-backs and people in front – incredible top players, who are strong in the air and set-pieces – they are massive and tall.
“That’s why we didn’t find the right moments. We were lucky after their goal that Raheem scored. They had two or three chances.
“We have fantastic players, incredible human beings, and we keep on track with three more points. I am very pleased.”
Guardiola was especially delighted with Gabriel Jesus’ performance, as the Brazilian ended his goal drought with an impressive brace.
The opener marked the striker’s first Premier League goal since August, halting a run of 11 games, 487 minutes and 18 shots without one, but the manager asserted he never lost faith in his forward.
“Of course, he is so important,” he added. “Strikers need to score goals. The difference today was that he scored as he was in better positions.
“It’s so good for him and our team. It was so valuable, his performance.
“He settled so well from the beginning but it is better his family is here and strikers need to score goals.
“For Raheem, when he has no time to think in front of goal, he’s always good,” the Catalan stated.
“The cross was amazing from Fernandinho and it was a great finish. We are not the tallest team in the world but after just a few minutes, it was an important goal for him and everyone.
“I see him so calm. I think he has handled the last years in many situations and rumours – not nice things about him or his family or the colour of his skin.
“I admire him and appreciate that it’s not easy for him. He’s loved by all staff and in the locker room.”
Gabriel Jesus Reaction
“I scored with my head for the second and I’m very happy with the first goal as I scored it with my left foot,” Jesus told ManCity.com. “I’ve been training a lot with my left foot, right foot, my head and today when I had the opportunity and took it.
“I know the top striker score with left, right and with headers so I’m training more because when I have the chance I score first.”
Jesus’ opener was his first Premier League goal since August, ending a run off 11 games, and the Brazilian starlet has dedicated his two goals to his family.
“I’m so happy as I think I needed it (the goals) and my family were here, and they help me a lot so my two goals are for my nephews.
“I tried to play and help my team mates. Against Hoffenheim I played well but I didn’t score, that’s striker life!
“I’m happy with my goals but more happy with the win.”
Next up is the Tuesday night clash with Leicester City in the Caraboa Cup. See you then!