Kyle Walker-Peters put the Saints ahead early, with the English champions finding a leveller from Aymeric Laporte’s 65th minute header from Kevin De Bruyne’s ball.
“I don’t need a good result, even today if we had won the game (to know) the title race will not be over,” Guardiola told reporters.
“In January no one is champions. There are many games, many tough games like today and thats all.
“Today we played to play good and defend our badge and our people as best as possible and the title will always be a consequence of what we have done. Today was really good.”
City are 12 points clear at the top of second-placed Liverpool who have two games in hand, including Sunday’s clash with Crystal Palace.
The draw meant Guardiola brought up 500 Premier League points, achieving that in record time of any manager.
Struggling Newcastle United claimed an important 1-0 away win over Leeds United to help their survival aspirations.
Aston Villa got past battling Everton 1-0 on the road, while Wolverhampton won 2-1 at Brentford.