Manchester City have one trophy left to play for, and they are in the unenviable position of needing to win out (or close to it) and get help from the remaining opponents of Liverpool and Chelsea to win the Premier League.
Theoretically, a visit from relegation-threatened Sunderland should have been just what City needed to get their desperate stretch drive off correctly.
This being City, though, Sky Blues supporters watched many stretches of this match with one eye or both eyes closed. You can only ever trust City to make things interesting, even when the task seems routine.
And in the end, City were remarkably fortunate to salvage a point from this match. Not that said point is apt to do them much good in the final analysis of this season, as suggested by manager Manuel Pellegrini in his post-match press conference.
"Maybe at this moment Liverpool and Chelsea have the better chance because of our position but we will keep fighting until the last day of the season," Pellegrini said.
Here are six things we learned from Manchester City 2-2 Sunderland.