Manchester City manager Mark Hughes believes his side have finally turned a corner with their away form, despite surrendering a 2-1 lead to take a point from their visit to Hull.
City's weakness on the road has seen them collect just five points from a possible 21 away from home, but Hughes saw enough in the 2-2 draw at the KC Stadium to convince him better times lay ahead.
"We needed a positive result and a positive performance and I think that's what we got," said Hughes.
"Ideally, we'd have preferred three points but key was to have an improvement on away performances.
"In recent weeks they haven't been anywhere near what they needed to be to get points at Premier League level.
"So, we've got a point. It could have been more, it could have been three, but we'll take it and it sets us up for the games we have ahead of us."
Arsenal and Manchester United are next up in the league for Hughes and his side and the Welshman hopes the Eastlands club are over a slump which saw them lose three consecutive matches before Monday's result.
"We're not the finished article yet, we're very early in our development and it's going to take time," he said.
"I've said this week that along the way there will be a little bit of pain and we've gone through a some of that already.
"But hopefully the way we played, with top sides coming up, will help us."
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