He has arguably been City's most consistent player and his goal was his third of the season.
Yet when asked if this was his best year since joining the club from Espanyol in 2008, Zabaleta was again modest.
He told City TV: "Probably, I think it is one of the best seasons for me since I signed for Manchester City.
"I am always trying to improve myself on everything but also I have to say I am playing with great players around me. That makes every player better."