Roberto Mancini believes the on-going support of owner Sheikh Mansour and chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak played a key role in Manchester City's Premier League title triumph.
City clinched the top-flight crown on goal difference with virtually the last kick of the season as Sergio Aguero's injury-time winner against QPR ensured they pipped Manchester United to the post.
The title race ebbed and flowed through the campaign, with the Etihad Stadium losing their grip on the top spot in March and April, falling eight points behind United before a rousing finale.
And Mancini believes the backing he received from the club's hierarchy during their most testing times helped inspire the players to success on the final day.
The Italian told Sky News Arabia: "We have a fantastic relationship because they are really good men. They always supported the team, even in the bad moments.
"We won this title also for this reason. In difficult moments like after Arsenal where we were eight points behind, the club and Khaldoon supported me and all the team."
Having guided City to their first top-flight crown since 1968, Mancini's next quest is to make City a force to be reckoned with in Europe, and he is keen to strengthen his squad to tackle the continent's elite.
"Easy to say - Champions League," he smiled, when asked what the next target was for City.
"The Champions League is a strange tournament. You should be lucky to win the Champions League, you should be in good form, in a crucial moment. It is clear you should have a good team.
"I think that as a team we need to improve for this competition.
"If you have a good team, if you work hard like we have worked in the last two years, I think we can do a great thing."