Roma captain Francesco Totti believes the 4-2 win over Inter Milan on Sunday was crucial to stay in the Serie A title race.
The Giallorossi were twice pegged back by Inter at Stadio Olimpico before Miralem Pjanic scored two goals in the final 30 minutes to secure all three points.
Roma’s victory means they remain within reach of league leaders Juventus, who remain three points clear after a late 2-1 victory in the Turin derby with Torino.
Totti insists the win over a resurgent Inter team is invaluable as it keeps up the pressure on the Old Lady, while also serving as a confidence boost.
“This victory was priceless for us,” the veteran forward told Roma’s official website. “Considering that Juventus scored a last minute winner earlier on in the day, this result was essential.
“It was very important that we did not let the gap between ourselves and Juventus grow any further.
“We were terrific tonight against what is an improving Inter side.”
Roma continue their chase of a first Scuddetto since 2000-01 on Saturday when they host Sassuolo and head coach Rudi Garcia says the game is as big as any they will play all season.
“For now our biggest game of the season is against Sassuolo next Saturday,” he told reporters. “We have to make sure we keep going as we are in Serie A.”
Roma are 1.32 for the win, while a draw is 4.94 and Sassuolo – who are unbeaten in six league outings – are 9.09.