Since Manchester City's opening day disappointment at Tottenham, they have recorded four wins, one draw, 12 goals and five successive clean sheets.
The latest shutout came in their toughest test yet at Stamford Bridge as they edged out Chelsea 1-0 with a controlling display against their title rivals.
Aymeric Laporte, recalled to the starting lineup after two games out with injury, says City have simply picked up where they left off last season when it comes to keeping things tight at the back - where the Blues kept a league-high 19 clean sheets on the way to the title.
“It is no different," Laporte said when asked about City's impressive defensive record so far, explaining that a determined mindset is key to keeping the goals out.
"What I said before is that we play every single game like a final. The last game I played was also very tough against Leicester and it has been difficult for us today. We wanted and we got a clean sheet again and we are very happy with that.”
Reflecting on the win over Chelsea, Laporte also revealed that City's three defeats against Thomas Tuchel's side last season provided them all the motivation they needed to strike back with a win of their own on Saturday.
“It is very important. Chelsea is a big team and they were winning many games in the past. Today we broke their winning run against us," he explained.
"We are very happy because we were struggling in the last game [against Southampton] and now we have a big week ahead of us, so we have to keep focused on the next one.
“We knew that this week will be a tough week so a start like this is very good for us. We are a little bit more confident and now we have to be focused on the next one against Paris Saint-Germain and then Liverpool to reach what we want to win this year. We are very happy because we have struggled in the last games [against Chelsea]. This win was very important today and I hope that we will win the next ones in the future.”