Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini has praised his side’s all-round performance in their 4-1 victory over Sunderland on Boxing day.
Goals from Raheem Sterling, Yaya Toure, Wilfried Bony and Kevin De Bruyne sealed three points for the Citizens, with Fabio Borini netting a consolation goal for the Black Cats.
"It was a very important victory - not only because we won the three points but also because of the way we played," Pellegrini said, Manchester City's official website reported.
"We returned to our normal performance of playing attractive football, trying to scoring goals.
"I said after the Arsenal game it is difficult when you lose to discuss positive things but we had more than 60% of possession for the ball so that gave me some sign we were returning to our style.
"Of course, it is better to win 4-0 than 4-1 - for me, it is better to win 7-1 - but if you tell me we will win every game 4-1 until the end of the season, I don't have a problem!"
The win means City are still third on the table, but move closer to table-toppers Leicester and second placed Arsenal after both sides lost to Liverpool and Southampton respectively.