The end result might only have been a draw, but it will still feel like a win to Pellegrini and his players.
The bell will ring for round two of this titanic clash when more drama is expected to unfold at the Etihad in a week’s time.
But Pellegrini’s men are now in the driving seat with two away goals tucked in the bank and an historic place in the semi-finals is now within their grasp.
Paris St-Germain (4-3-3): Trapp; Aurier (van der Wiel 77), Thiago Silva, Luiz, Maxwell; Rabiot (Lucas 77), Motta, Matuidi; Di María, Ibrahimovic, Cavani.
Subs: Sirigu, Stambouli, Marquinhos, Lucas, Kurzawa, Augustin.
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart; Sagna, Mangala, Otamendi, Clichy; Fernando, Fernandinho; Navas, Silva (Bony 87), De Bruyne (Delph 77) ; Aguero (Kolarov 90).
Subs: Caballero, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Iheanacho.