City now sit in fifth spot - three points off leaders Newcastle - and Johnson is adamant they deserve to be there.
He told the Bristol Evening Post: "If you look back over the season so far, you will see we have been competitive in virtually every game we have played. Losing 3-0 at Cardiff was the only exception, the only debacle.
"We've got there by playing some of the top teams and we've beaten the likes of Middlesbrough and QPR and gone to Newcastle and Preston and held them. I think we've done it the hard way."