Manchester City caretaker boss Brian Kidd was delighted with his side’s performance after Tuesday night's victory against Reading at the Madejski Stadium.
Following the departure of title-winning manager Roberto Mancini just 24 hours prior to kick-off, City helped themselves to a comfortable 2-0 victory courtesy of goals from strikers Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko.
The win guaranteed a second place finish for City and Kidd believes that is vital for the club’s progression.
Talking to the club’s official website, Kidd said: "To be honest, the three points was the most important thing.
"It was on my mind that we needed to seal that second spot in the league, that's the least we had to do.”
"Everyone - the staff, the fans and the players - did it for the club tonight, so I'm pleased. It was a special effort from the players, and the backroom staff - the support from them has been really good.”
The victory ends a nightmare week for the club after they dramatically lost the FA Cup to struggling Wigan, resulting in the sacking of Italian Mancini.
Kidd added: “The last 24 hours was a shock to the staff.
"If you had said to me you are going to get three points and clinch second place, I'd have accepted that - the way the last 48 hours have gone.
"All credit to the players, they are the ones that have had to put up with stuff off the pitch as well. I'm pleased for them because it would have been a travesty if they hadn't finished second.
"It's not me, I've just come in and been asked to take the team for two games. As a Manchester lad, I couldn't say no."
With second place and Champions League qualification ensured, City can now rest a little easier ahead of what promises to be a frantic summer for the club.