Manchester City ought to take pride in their performance in Wednesday's 3-3 draw with Celtic in the Champions League, says Pablo Zabaleta.
Despite coming home from Glasgow with just a point, the City captain told the club website that the way the team earned that result showed mental toughness.
'To come back three times when we were behind shows the character of the team.
'It's true that we conceded in three key moments of the game, especially the third goal at the start of the second half but to come back was important.'
City's draw puts them in second place in Group C following Barcelona's 2-1 win at Borussia Monchengladbach.
Still, Zabaleta is not ready to give up on winning the group - and praised the team for understanding that protecting a draw can prove crucial in group play.
'We always play to win and of course we should have won. It would have been a great step to qualify for the next round but at this level no games are easy.
'For us it was not the result that we were looking for but when you can't win it is important not to lose.'
City's destiny in the group will likely come down to what results they can conjure from their two matches against Barcelona.
The Citizens travel to the Nou Camp to face Barcelona on October 19, and host the Spanish side at the Etihad on the next match day on November 2.