Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus admitted his best was yet to come after scoring a late equaliser in the 2-2 draw against Middlesbrough on Sunday.
In his first start for 10 weeks after recovering from a broken metatarsal, the 20-year-old Brazilian rose unchallenged in the box to head home a Sergio Aguero cross in the 84th minute and help his side cling on to a top-four spot.
With three consecutive home games to come, City are now in pole position to secure the lucrative berth and Jesus believes he can only benefit from having played the full 90 minutes against the relegation battlers.
Jesus told City’s official website: “After being out for three months, I am tired. In my case I am still not 100 per cent fit, so I missed so many chances and I am sad for that.
“I am learning that every game in the Premier League is really difficult and we know how difficult it is going to be until the end of the season.
“We controlled the game and missed so many chances, but at least we got a point and that is what matters.”
City are expected to discover this week whether Aguero will face another spell on the sidelines after he limped out of the game in the final minute with an apparent groin problem.
Early indications from City boss Pep Guardiola were that Aguero’s latest setback is not a serious one, but the club will take no chances ahead of their last four remaining games.
Meanwhile, hosts Boro appear to face mission impossible after arguably their best result of the season still left them languishing six points from safety with just three games to go.
Alvaro Negredo gave Boro a first-half lead before Aguero controversially equalised from the spot, and Boro thought they had won it again when Calum Chambers grabbed a goal late on, but it was not to be.
Boro next travel to Chelsea on Monday knowing they could be nine points adrift by the time they kick off, but Chambers echoed interim boss Steve Agnew’s insistence that they must push to the end.
Chambers told Boro’s official website: “It’s about how we react now – we have to react and keep fighting until it’s over to give everything we’ve got until the end.
“Everyone’s got to be switched on until the very last minute. It’s the Premier League, you’ve got to be aware.
“We’re going to watch the (Jesus) goal back and analyse the performance. (But) I’m pretty gutted and devastated for everyone in the changing room and the fans.”