With only five games left and a harder run-in than Chelsea it still looks a tall order this season for Tottenham, who face north London rivals Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Yet the way they persevered against an stubborn Palace side to grind out three crucial points it was hard to disagree with the Argentine manager, who has turned Tottenham's young side into one consistently challenging near the top.
"The team are now showing we are ready," Pochettino, whose side buckled at the death last year after chasing Leicester City hard, told reporters. "We are ready this season to fight and, next season, we'll be even better.
"We are showing that we learned a lot from last season as a team. That is so important because last season was a big challenge. To improve on that season, that was difficult.
"Last season, the team were fantastic, playing well, and it was a massive challenge to improve again."
Christian Eriksen's 78th-minute winner - an unstoppable dipping low shot - earned Spurs a victory and silenced the doubters who suspected Saturday's FA Cup semi-final defeat by Chelsea would stop them in their tracks.
They were not at their best but have now won eight successive Premier League matches and have 74 points - a club record in the Premier League and will go into Sunday's derby with Arsenal still believing they can catch Chelsea.
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