MANUEL PELLEGRINI hailed Joe Hart as the best goalkeeper in England after the Manchester City star produced one of the great Premier League saves.
Hart spectacularly twisted in mid air to tip over a bullet header from Swansea defender Federico Fernandez in the second half.
The save - plus another to deny Bafetimbi Gomis - helped make sure of a 4-2 win that guarantees City a place in the Champions League group stages next season.
City were leading 3-2 with eight minutes left, and Pellegrini said: "It was a brilliant save in a very important moment.
"I think Joe is the best goalkeeper in England - I think he has improved a lot this season.
"I said the other day that bringing Willy Caballero to the club was good for him because of the competition and also working with Xabier Mancisidor who is an excellent goalkeeping coach.
"The most important thing has been that Joe himself has been open minded to understand that at 28 he must still improve in a lot of things.
"I think he is starting to reach the peak of his career, and he can get better still."
Even Swansea boss Garry Monk admitted he was astonished by the save from the England star.
He said: "It was incredible - 99 times out of 100 that is a goal but unfortunately for us this one time was Joe Hart."
City won thanks to two goals by Yaya Toure, and one each from James Milner and Wilfried Bony, back at the Liberty Stadium for the first time since his £28m January move.
Pellegrini urged Milner, who is out of contract this summer, to commit his future to the club.
He said: "It is a decision that James must take at the end of the season on what is better for his future."
Asked if he thought staying at City and trying to win titles was better for Milner's future, he said: "I can think that, but first it is important what he thinks.
"Of course I want him to stay. He is a very important player for us because he can play in different positions and always does a good job."
Monk had a dig at Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger who had criticised him for defensive tactics when his side won at The Emirates last week.
He said: "We got criticised and accused of not playing, so I wanted the players to show that we can go toe to toe with anybody if we choose to.
"We didn't quite get the result but I think the performance showed what a good group we have got, and it also showed their character because we didn't fold when we were two goals down."