Vincent Kompany is confident Manchester City will bounce back to form by beating Wigan at Eastlands on Monday night - he just wishes they would stop having to.
Invariably, City have produced a positive response to setbacks this season, most recently when they followed up their dismal FA Cup exit at Stoke by beating title-chasing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. This time around, they are looking to make amends for losing their unbeaten home record to Everton by keeping tabs on top-four rivals Tottenham and Liverpool.
"I can't remember a game where we have not performed well after a defeat," said Kompany.
"We lost before the Chelsea game and we came back to win that one.
"It has happened plenty of times before so I don't think people should worry about the mental strength of our team. We have proved that enough.
"What we should do is stop having to do it. We want to stay on a good run until the end of the season."
City are in the happy position of knowing a victorious end to the season will see them claim a prized Champions League berth for the first time.
The major factor behind that situation is Tottenham's visit to Eastlands on May 5, the penultimate game of the season.
"Being unbeaten is a target but I can't see anyone around us pushing us that hard," said Kompany. "We have to win the games we are supposed to.
"We still have Tottenham and Villa at home and games in hand on Liverpool, so everything is in our own hands."