Pep Guardiola said he never doubted Manchester City's response to Champions League heartbreak after thrashing Newcastle 5-0 to take a firm grip of the Premier League title race.
Raheem Sterling's double and goals from Aymeric Laporte, Rodri and Phil Foden moved Guardiola's men three points clear of Liverpool with three games left to play.
City also edged four goals ahead of the Reds on goal difference, which could still decide the title if the defending champions lose one of their remaining games against Wolves, West Ham and Aston Villa.
"If some people doubted us they don't know this team," said Guardiola. "It's one of the best groups I ever trained in my life."
"It was a perfect afternoon. Before the start of the game I felt our crowd were disappointed but not upset and angry about who we are as a team and what we have done the last five years."
The title is the only trophy left for City to fight for after blowing the chance to reach a second consecutive Champions League final, against Real Madrid on Wednesday.
The Spanish giants came from two goals down in the dying stages to win a classic semi-final 6-5 on aggregate and set up a meeting with Liverpool in Paris.
Guardiola was quick to point out that what happened in Madrid is a lesson that there is still a long way to go in the final three games.
But this has the potential to be the decisive weekend in the title race after Liverpool were held 1-1 at home by Tottenham on Saturday.
City showed no signs of physical fatigue or a mental hangover as they took full advantage, but they do have injury problems for the run-in.
Kyle Walker and John Stones were absent from the starting line-up and captain Ruben Dias was forced off at half-time.
Guardiola confirmed all three are out for the season with Nathan Ake also nursing an ankle problem.
"Everything can happen, if it happened in 56 seconds (against Madrid), it can happen in three games. So calm and prepare for Wolves on Wednesday."
Guardiola freshened his side up with four changes to the side that started in the Bernabeu with Bernardo Silva, Foden and Riyad Mahrez were left on the bench.