Man City fell behind after conceding a late minute first-half goal from Elijah Adebayo in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Luton town.
However, Pep Guardiola’s men returned to the second-half of the game, netting two goals in five minutes, with goals from Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish.
The Spanish boss revealed that he urged the players not to feel down by the setback but encouraged them to do better in the returning half.
“Yeah we thought about that, but I said to them do we feel sorry for ourselves,” said the boss.
“We cannot feel sorry for ourselves. It’s football, it’s life.
“(l asked) strikers to be more aggressive to score goals and we need to defend crosses in the last minutes.
“Big teams are defined by these situations. I don’t like to see us winning 4-0 for many games in a row.
“Four games without winning and playing a team the way they played with big strikers, it’s not easy to do that.
“We needed the goal from Bernardo. He has the quality to do that. Jack first half should shoot first touch and in the second half he does it.
“They don’t need to prove to me that they have the character, but the competition demands it.
“They say it’s over and we say let’s prove them wrong. We need to live that. How satisfied are the players.
“The success we had is because we knew how difficult it is to win here.
“We have to forget people saying it’s normal to win 7-0 at Luton and grounds like this. Burnley before with Dyche and Stoke when I arrived, always it’s difficult.
“Whether the result is significant for people, I don’t care. The win is significant for us.”