Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva says he and his team-mates thought they had lost the league when they dropped five points behind rivals Liverpool eight days ago.
Pep Guardiola’s side went top for the first time in two months following a 2-0 win at Everton on Wednesday.
However, they are only above Liverpool on goal difference and the Reds have a game in hand.
“We are still the champions and we know what we have to do to win,” Silva said.
The Portugal international has been one of City’s standout performers of the season so far.
He added: “A few days ago, we thought we had lost the Premier League. Now we are top of the league, even if it is because we have played one game more.
“It is good to be back in the race and we will do our best to win all our games and do our job. That is the most important thing for now.
“We have three points more and it puts a bit of pressure on, not just for Liverpool but for Tottenham as well.”
Earlier in February City faced the prospect of falling seven points adrift of Liverpool after losing to Newcastle, but successive 1-1 draws for the Reds against Leicester and West Ham, coupled with back-to-back wins for City, have reduced the deficit.
City are still fighting on four fronts and they face Newport in the FA Cup, Chelsea in the Carabao Cup and Schalke in the Champions League all before the end of the month.
“In my opinion, it is not problematic at all – especially when you have a squad like ours,” Silva said.
“If we don’t have injuries then I think we can cope, no problem at all. It is good to have lots of games as it means we are fighting for everything. Mentally it is good. We will try to do it.”