Gabriel Jesus insisted he had not been feeling the pressure before roaring back to form with a hat-trick in Manchester City's 6-0 demolition of Shakhtar Donetsk.
Coming after a poor World Cup, the Brazil striker had made an underwhelming start to the campaign with just two goals and only seven starts.
The 21-year-old started to put that behind him in the Champions League on Wednesday as he netted two penalties at the Etihad Stadium - although the first was awarded in farcical circumstances - and chipped the goalkeeper to claim his first City treble.
"It was a very special night for me," Jesus said. "I've been working very hard.
"I never enter in the pitch under pressure to score goals but I know my position requires me to score goals.
"If I am helping my team-mates in some way, giving assistance, passing the ball, I'll already be very happy but, of course, in my position I have to score."
Jesus dedicated his hat-trick to his mother, Vera Lucia Diniz de Jesus, who had been at the game.
"With my mother's presence here - the three goals went to her," he said.