Manchester City winger Adam Johnson believes victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup has served as a building block for the club in the league too.
The England international has made a telling contribution for the Citizens in recent weeks, and has become a regular in Roberto Mancini's side after recovering from an early-season injury.
Victory over Manchester United in last month's FA Cup semi-final has put City on the brink of a trophy, but cementing a place that guarantees a Champions League spot at the City of Manchester stadium is the major target.
"The result against United has made us even stronger. Hopefully now we will push on, make history and then add more trophies next season," said the former Middlesbrough man.
"We still have some work to do to make sure we get into the Champions League, but it is our position to lose now."
The aim for Mancini's side is now to finish third, although City's ambition is not lost on Johnson and the winger admits the club could, and perhaps should, be fighting for a title at the current stage.
However, gaining experience this term could be the key to a successful tilt at trophies next season, and Johnson expects to be in the mix next season.
"Before the start of season we wanted to be in top two. A lot of people think we should have been in the title race and there were a few games we should have won but didn't. I'm personally disappointed that with the squad we've got, we're not fighting for the title," he continued.
"It's a learning process and, hopefully, that won't be the case next season. We know what it's about now, we'll be in the mix next time. But we have been in the top four all season and might even finish higher than fourth. We've still got a slim chance of getting third and we'll keep pushing."