Juventus conceded a goal after just 19 seconds then recovered to beat AC Milan 3-2 yesterday, and remind the rest of Serie A that they intend to win a third-straight Italian league title.
Juve had come away with draws from their three biggest matches thus far this season, against Inter Milan in the league and versus FC Copenhagen and Galatasaray in the Champions League, but the Bianconeri were in far better form this time - save for the first and last minutes.
"We did well to bounce back, and we played a good match against a solid Milan," Juve manager Antonio Conte said. "The result was good, but we still need to improve our performance. We've been allowing a bit too much for a while now."
Napoli also stayed within striking distance of Serie A leader Roma with a comfortable 4-0 win over promoted Livorno.
Juventus and Napoli are both two points behind Roma, which face Napoli after the break for national team fixtures.
Milan are 13 points behind in a tie for 12th with promoted Livorno.
Napoli also entered the weekend with questions over their form following a 2-0 midweek defeat to Arsenal in the Champions League.
"We knew this was a difficult match after the loss to Arsenal," Napoli manager Rafa Benitez said. "We showed the character that I was talking about during the week."
In Turin, Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari took advantage of an errant shot from Antonio Nocerino to deflect the ball in with one touch in the match's first chance.
Andrea Pirlo equalised in the 15th with a curling free kick that appeared to surprise Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati.
Sebastian Giovinco gave Juve the lead in the 69th, dribbling past two defenders before beating Abbiati with a precise shot two minutes after he came on for Fabio Quagliarella.
Giorgio Chiellini scored in the 75th with a rebound of another free kick from Pirlo that bounced off the crossbar.
Muntari pulled one back for Milan in the 90th with a long shot that was deflected by Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, leaving goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon fuming.