Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said his players might have "thought the game was over" when they threw away a two-goal half-time lead against Burnley.
George Boyd and Ashley Barnes scored as the Clarets snatched a surprise point.
The 2-2 draw meant City were unable to close the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea to a single point and also ended their nine-match winning streak.
"Until the last whistle the game is never finished," Pellegrini said.
"Maybe winning 2-0 we thought the game was over."
Boyd appeared to be offside when he steered home Danny Ings' shot at the start of the second half.
"Burnley's first goal is a mistake by the referee but these things happen," Pellegrini said. "In the second half our legs were suffering."
|Manchester City have dropped seven points from nine games at Etihad Stadium this season, which does not bode well given previous campaigns.|
|2013-14: Dropped five points in 19 games at home. Finished 1st.|
|2012-13: Dropped 12 points in 19 games at home. Finished 2nd.|
|2011-12: Dropped two points in 19 games at home. Finished 1st.|
|2010-11: Dropped 14 points in 19 games at home. Finished 3rd.|
|2009-10: Dropped 17 points in 19 games at home. Finished 5th.|
City have now dropped seven points at home this season, two more than the entire title-winning campaign last term. They drew just once at the Etihad Stadium during the never-to-be-forgotten 2011-12 championship-winning season under Roberto Mancini.
But Pellegrini draws optimism from his belief that all the title contenders will drop points over the rest of the season.
"We are three points behind the leaders with a good amount of points," he said.
"Now we must play as well in the second half of the season as we have done in the first."
The Chilean also confirmed midfielder Yaya Toure had missed the Burnley game with a minor muscle problem he aggravated in the 3-1 win at West Brom on Boxing Day.