The goals came flooding back this weekend as Udinese and Chievo both found the back of the net four times, while Lazio extended their unbeaten run to six matches against Parma
Napoli were dealt a slice of fortune after they profited from a Pescara red card to crush their opponents 5-1 at the San Paolo on Saturday.
Gokhan Inler gave the Neapolitans the lead inside the first 10 minutes with a powerful strike from the edge of the box, and just six minutes later, Marek Hamsik took full advantage of Lorenzo Insigne's deflected effort to make it 2-0.
But not long after, Birkir Bjarnson pulled one back for the Delfini after heading in Damiano Zanon's cross, and the match remained at a knife edge until Antonio Bocchetti was harshly sent off for bringing down Edinson Cavani in the box.
The resulting penalty was buried by the Uruguay international, and Insigne proved instrumental in the build-up to the fourth, sending a slide-rule pass for Cavani to coolly sweep home via the underside of the bar, before Inler fired a fifth on the hour mark.
Napoli stay second in the table, two points behind pace-setters Juventus, but Pescara drop to the bottom, without a win under new coach Cristiano Bergodi.
BOLOGNA 2-1 ATALANTA
Atalanta were left to rue the impact of former striker Manolo Gabbiadini, as his goal was the difference in Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Bologna.
The Rossoblu went ahead on 16 minutes thanks to Alessandro Diamanti's blasted free kick, but whatever the Italy international could do, German Denis could at least equal with a fine half-volley from Luca Cigarini's cross-field pass.
But Gabbiadini's volley with just 20 minutes of normal time remaining proved the winner to lift Bologna off the basement of the Serie A table and into 16th. The Orobici, meanwhile, stay in 11th place.
GENOA 2-4 CHIEVO
Genoa's season went from bad to worse on Sunday as Alberto Paloschi's first-half hat-trick inspired Chievo to a resounding 4-2 success over his former side.
The appointment of Luigi Del Neri as coach has done little to improve the Grifone's fortunes, but he was nonetheless expected to mastermind a win over his previous employers, who had lost all of their away matches this season.
But just 13 minutes into the action, reported Manchester United target Mario Sampirisi conceded a penalty, which Paloschi duly converted for his first of the afternoon and he would complete his treble before the interval.
Ahmed Said was a surprise substitution midway through the first half, replacing Daniel Tozser, and he made an instant impact as he pulled one back for Genoa with a header shortly before the hat-trick hero's third.
Marco Andreolli's red card for a second bookable offence and Bosko Jankovic's half-volley on the edge of the box seemed to have lifted Genoa, but Flying Donkeys' substitute Adrian Stoian ended any Ligurian hopes with a minute left.
Genoa have now lost seven of their last eight games but Chievo are back on the winning trail after five matches without a victory.
LAZIO 2-1 PARMA
Lazio needed to fight off a late Parma surge on Sunday to hold on for a 2-1 success over the visitors at the Olimpico.
Giuseppe Biava broke the deadlock on 25 minutes, heading in a corner, and soon after, Alvaro Gonzalez's through-ball was swept home by Miroslav Klose to hand the Biancocelesti a commanding early lead.
Nicola Sansone, last week's hero against Inter, popped up again to win Parma a penalty, which was initially saved by Albano Bizzarri. However, Ishak Belfodil was on hand to rectify his miss and net the rebound.
Lazio stay fifth, level on points with Fiorentina above them, but the Gialloblu fall to eighth.
SIENA 1-3 ROMA
Roma recovered from going a goal down in the early stages to eventually seal a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Siena in Tuscany.
Francesco Valiani's corner was turned by the head of Neto on 25 minutes, but Mattia Destro - who joined the capital outfit in the summer after a prolific spell with the Bianconeri last season - nodded in Alessandro Florenzi's cross on the hour mark.
Simone Perrotta found the winner for Roma with just four minutes of normal time remaining with a drilled finish from the edge of the box, before Miralem Pjanic's counter-attack was finished off by Destro for his second of the afternoon.
The result leaves Roma in sixth position, but Siena continue to struggle in 19th place.
UDINESE 4-1 CAGLIARI
Udinese ended a run of seven matches without a win in clinical fashion on Sunday, as they condemned a similarly out-of-sorts Cagliari to a 4-1 defeat at the Friuli.
Roberto Pereyra put the Zebrette in the driving seat on 33 minutes by capitalising on a loose ball on the edge of the box, before Gabriele Angella plundered in their second from a corner in the latter stages of the first half.
Shortly after the restart, Antonio Di Natale's cross was headed in by Danilo at the back post, and the rout was confirmed near the hour mark - Giovanni Pasquale applied the final touch on Diego Fabbrini's break.
Despite Daniele Dessena's late consolation, Udinese move to ninth in Serie A but Cagliari extend their barren spell to five matches.
FIORENTINA 2-2 SAMPDORIA
Stefan Savic came up trumps for Fiorentina, who needed the Montenegro defender's goals to draw 2-2 with Sampdoria in the last of the weekend's matches.
The former Manchester City centre-back jumped highest to head the Viola into the lead on 22 minutes, but Mauro Icardi - a reported target for numerous European outfits - laid off Nenad Krsticic three minutes into the second half.
Gonzalo Rodriguez has developed a reputation as a goalscoring defender since his arrival from Villarreal in the summer, but he was guilty of finding his own net on 73 minutes to leave Fiorentina at risk of losing their first home match of the season.
Fortunately for the Argentine and his team, Savic scored his second of the night with another header, as he met Manuel Pasqual's free-kick to keep his team fourth in Serie A.
And while the visitors had to play out the last few minutes with 10 men following Shkodran Mustafi's sending-off, the Blucerchiati are now unbeaten in three and jump to 12th.