Grinding out those victories in the face of adversity could be seen as inspiration for the club's troubling away record going into 2014, with Manuel Pellegrini doubtless delighted that he's seen his players dig deep and work hard when things aren't going their way.
That determination should stand them in good stead ahead of a January which sees them go to Newcastle and Tottenham, but before that comes a New Year's Day trip to Swansea City.
City have failed to win or even score a goal on both of their visits to the Liberty Stadium since the Swans' promotion to the Premier League in 2011, and so they'll know what is on the line in the first top-flight match of the New Year.
Win, and they'll go back to the top of the table—for a few hours at least.
After resting several players against Palace, here is how Pellegrini could play it in South Wales.