The Reds had made a statement of intent and had one hand on the trophy. It was within their grasp.
Steven Gerrard knew it, too, and he gathered his troops before issuing a public rallying cry. "This does not slip now," he bellowed at his teammates, but it only ended up adding to the script that went with last season's title fight.
The story of Gerrard's mishap, where he fell over and presented Demba Ba with the opportunity to score, in-turn, handing the title back to City, has been much ridiculed, but it seems that Southampton are using his words as their own motivation.
"Before every game, we say 'Lads, we cannot let this slip away,'" Schneiderlin told BBC Sport. "We have to make it happen and to make it happen we need to be focused in every game, to not get 'big time'.
"Hopefully we can do something special. We are believing we can but if we don't, the most important thing is to get Europe for Southampton."
Southampton will be hoping that their own story does not have such an ironic sting in the tale as Gerrard's did.
The Saints have been in impressive form this campaign and if they are able to sustain their form for another 17 matches they may just achieve the impossible.