Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany insists the champions will never give up on the title.
City produced one of their best performances of the season to claim a much-needed first win in five Premier League games with an impressive 4-1 demolition of Stoke on Wednesday.
The result at the Britannia Stadium did not affect Chelsea's seven-point lead at the top of the table - as the Londoners claimed a last-gasp win over Everton - but sent out a message that City will fight on.
And after coming from behind to seize the crown in both 2012 and 2014, Kompany believes history should also prove that.
The Belgian said: "Belief never goes. Past experiences should give us enough confidence to carry on and go for it. "It has happened before. The belief is always there, that is never the problem, even when form is not the best.
"But performances like this make us not need to talk so much. It makes it obvious we are a good team and that is what we need to show." City have already clawed back an eight-point deficit once this season having drawn level with Chelsea on New Year's Day, only to fall back again. Doubts were raised over their durability during their barren run but Kompany is confident City can now build some momentum.
The 28-year-old said: "This was about us. I don't think anyone thought about Chelsea's result. We needed to focus on our own (game) and when we do, it gives us enough satisfaction to not care about Chelsea.
"We know if we are in the right form we can set up a line of results, and that's what we will need for this season." Defender Pablo Zabaleta said: "It was a great performance by the whole team. We are Manchester City and we will never give up, simple as that. We have belief in the team and if we play like we did here we will have a chance to catch Chelsea."