The blue half of Manchester was euphoric on Sunday night, after Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and friends were torturous hosts to Manchester United at the Etihad.
City’s 4-1 win saw them climb into fourth spot on the league table, and left United marooned in undignified eighth.
A derby win is always cause for celebration, but while City skipper Vincent Kompany clearly enjoyed the result, he is not going overboard just yet.
He admits that City were desperate to win, perhaps more so than tepid United, but says that in the context of a long and arduous season, excessive jubilation is uncalled for.
"Maybe the game meant a bit more to us than to them," Kompany told Sky Sports.
"We've been looking forward to this fixture, and our fans have been speaking about it for a long time - and we need to win those kind of games.
"We've got an unbelievable home record and there's no reason why we should fear the opposition, even though they are very good.
"We did play with two very good strikers. Defensively, we've had a very good record for the past three years, so we knew that we could attack and we could defend. Mainly I think we stayed so calm."
Asked if Sunday’s result meant that City have now staked their claim to United’s Premier League crown, Kompany added: "I think you make a statement over the whole season. It's too early to say if it's a defining game.
"But it would be silly to give away those very precious three points. We need to win the next games, and then we'll enjoy what we've done today.
"As I said, when we won 6-1 at Old Trafford, I said we need to stay humble. It's only three points, but it gives us all the confidence and allows the fans to celebrate for a few days."