But the Brazil striker scored his fourth goal in as many starts on Wednesday to take his season’s tally to eight as Guardiola’s side reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 3-1 win at Swansea.
Guardiola, who had dropped Jesus to the bench for Sunday’s 4-1 Premier League win at Liverpool, said: “It does a lot for his confidence. He could have scored more but he played really, really well.
“When a guy is like this he is so supportive to the other ones.
“When he plays, he always plays good. It’s important for strikers to score. He was brilliant, really brilliant.”
The League Cup finalists return to Premier League action at home to Tottenham on Saturday and then visit Everton and Arsenal before their Champions League campaign resumes against Borussia Moenchengladbach.