Manchester City coach David Platt believes victory over Tottenham Hotspur could be a major step in their quest for the title this season.
The Citizens earned a last-gasp win over Spurs at the Etihad Stadium, with Mario Balotelli's penalty securing a 3-2 win after Samir Nasri and Joleon Lescott had put the hosts in-front, only for Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale to level proceedings.
It's a result that pulls Roberto Mancini's side eight points clear of their north London rivals in the race for the championship, leaving Harry Redknapp's side with a mountain to climb in their challenge for the title this term.
"I think when you're at the top, what you've learned is that when you don't pick up maximum points people will close in on you. For us to have taken the three points is a massive thing, especially from 2-0 up and Spurs getting back into the game, and them almost winning it in the last minute," Platt told SkySports post-match.
"It's huge because it's against a team that are in the running for the title.
"So it's a huge victory, but the value is three points and we've just got to put it away and look for the next one."
Manchester United kept the pace on their 'noisy neighbours' though, winning the late Sunday kick-off at Arsenal to once again reduce the gap at the top of the league to three points.
Cup duty is next on the agenda for both sides though, with a League Cup semi-final second leg against Liverpool for Mancini's men on Wednesday and an FA Cup fourth round clash away at Liverpool on Saturday for Sir Alex Ferguson's side.
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