Sterling later pounced on a loose touch following a controversial drop-ball and raced through towards goal but Badou Ndiaye recovered to get a crucial touch just as the England winger prepared to shoot.
"We are happy to come here and win the game and play our style of football at what is of course a tough place to come and play good football".
"By working hard every day, every week, every game we are going to go get there", the Brazilian added.
The Manchester City captain barely dares to consider he could ever match, let alone surpass that moment of spontaneous joy and jubilation when Aguero's stoppage time victor hit the back of the QPR net six seasons ago.
"We are going to be together and make three training sessions in five days", he told media after the win over Stoke.
City left for the airport after the Stoke game with a break in the club owner's homeland awaiting them.
The visitors made Stoke pay for that miss when Silva scored his second of the night after 50 minutes, and his eighth league goal of the campaign, as Paul Lambert's team were again undone by a breathtaking goal.
Kompany concluded: "We are very close".
Statistically they will become the best team in Premier League history if they collect 15 more points from the remaining 24 on offer, to beat Chelsea's record haul of 95 points in 2004/05.
"It is always a complicated here, but we put in a solid performance and controlled the game and didn't concede a goal".
"You can not tell me that the players United have got do not look over there enviously at how brilliant and free they are playing", he said.
"Now we have three weeks off, we go to Abu Dhabi and will come back strong".
The duo were back in the starting line-up after injury and performed as if they'd never been away.
"They're a top side, there's no two ways about it", he said.
Elsewhere, in the Champions League Manchester United will host Sevilla in the second leg of the last 16 tie at Old Trafford tonight.