David Platt said it had been no surprise that Stoke had given the Blues such a difficult 90 minutes.
The City coach was pleased at the response to going a goal behind and believes it may yet prove a crucial point at the end of the season.
“We knew it would be difficult but we dug in and we just need to keep amassing points,” said Platt.“People could turn around and say that this was two points dropped but we won’t know that until the season has ended to see if it was actually a point gained.
“There are enough games left for us still to have a good go at it and that’s what we’ll be doing.
When you come to Stoke you know you will have to compete for every ball, defend well and hold your own physically
Platt admitting City’s policy of ending with so many forwards on the pitch could have proved costly, but it was a risk worth taking.
“The game became stretched and both teams wanted to win, so it could have gone either way in the end,” he said.
“There is a long way to go and there will be more twists and turns along the way, for certain. We will follow our own road as we have been doing all season and win as many games as we possibly can between now and the last match.
“Our destiny is still well within our own hands, which is all you can ask for at this stage. The lads are positive and we move on to the next game, now.”