Nigel de Jong believes Manchester City are hitting form at the perfect time to secure their objectives.
The blue half of Manchester are well placed to win their first major silverware in 35 years after booking a place in the FA Cup final at the expense of their bitter rivals Manchester United.
Roberto Mancini's men are also in the midst of an intense battle with Tottenham Hotspur to net fourth place in the league and with it the prospect of Champions League football next season.
With plenty to play for and a rapidly diminishing number of fixtures, the Dutch midfielder believes the 1-0 cup win over United has given his team the confidence to bag the right results during the run-in.
"Our main goal is to finish in the Champions League places," said De Jong.
"That game against United gave us a big confidence boost towards the next league game. It was a big statement and we have to maintain our focus.
"We have got better against United in the last year-and-a-half. It is great, isn't it?
"We have come quite far as a team. As people say, Rome wasn't built in a day.
"A lot of new players have come into in the squad, a lot of new cultures. It takes time but you can see towards the end of the season everything is fitting perfectly.
"The spirit has never been away and will never go away. Everyone is fighting for each other. You have bad periods and good periods and this is a good period for us."
The 26-year-old admitted that it was hard for City to contain their emotions after their semi-final victory at Wembley.
With manager Mancini among those celebrating, De Jong is aware that the team have not won the final yet, despite heading into the game against Stoke City as heavy favourites.
"It was normal. If you reach the final you all bond, including the manager," he added.
"Everyone was happy not just him but the staff and the players. But we knew we could not celebrate too much as we have the final to come. Then we can go crazy if we win."