The Brazilians were not at their fluent best following the mid-season break but did enough to create several scoring opportunities against Celtic, eventually taking one.
Celtic also had their opportunities and had two shots cleared off the line, but Mosimane said football is not about what “could have” happened.
“We always dominated, let’s be honest, we could have scored in the first ten minutes, but you know what, Sundowns, they will give you a heart attack, they like to score late,” he said on SuperSport.
“Okay, we used to score early, but you’ve got to take it, a goal is a goal, no matter what time it came and maybe it’s sweet [to only score] at the end, you know.
“It wasn’t pretty, the main aim was to win the game, I said before the game that this one, we just need to take it [the points], we don’t need to play pretty but we’ve got the experience from the Champions League, we know how to play under stress and pressure.
“It was tough, we fought, and let’s be honest they also had chances to take it but that’s football. Football is not about could have, should have, it’s about what happened. What happened was we scored one goal, and one goal is three points hey.”
Mosimane also praised the brilliance of Themba Zwane’s finish as he dummied the lunging Celtic defenders before quickly cutting the ball inside and placing it into the bottom-right corner with the same right foot.
“Zwane came in and he sealed it. He’s the only one who’s composed like this, only him and Surprise Moriri can do this,” Mosimane added.
“Even the goal he scored against Highlands [in December] he came from outside inside and scored the goal. It’s a brilliant goal.”