Mark Hughes claims Manchester City have exceeded his early-season expectations after Monday's 1-1 draw with Aston Villa moved them back into the Premier League's top four.
A second-half goal from Craig Bellamy earned City a share of the spoils after former defender Richard Dunne had headed Villa into an early lead.
The point took City up to fourth place in the table and ahead of the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool.
"I thought that once we got back on level terms we could have gone on and won the game, but in the end it was a good point for us against a good side," said Hughes.
"We are pleased with our return at this stage of the season. We were looking to get a certain amount of points at this stage and we have surpassed it.
"Now we have to cross fingers and cross toes and hope everyone comes back fit and well from international duty.
"Overall we have got to be pleased with the point because this is a difficult place to come. We stood up to the challenge of falling behind and stood up to it well.
"There were more good qualities shown though it was disappointing to concede from a set play.
"I suppose it was written that it would be Dunney who scored it!"