Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini admitted his surprise at the margin of victory against Sunderland yesterday.
The Italian is renowned for his defensive style, but the Citizens turned on the style against the Black Cats and ran out resounding 5-0 victors at Eastlands.
Mancini was happy to admit that he didn't see the scoreline coming, but knows that it was a vital win in the club's pursuit of a Champions League place next term.
"I think that it was important for us to win this game because we had the chance to go and claim third position. We are three points back from Arsenal and Chelsea is behind," Mancini told the press post-match.
"I am surprised but I'm happy because it's important that we score five goals. Before the game I thought it would be difficult because it's not easy to beat Sunderland. But we started the game bright and this was important.
"It's important that we continue and if possible we should go to win at Liverpool on Monday."