The Partenopei were unable to close the gap on the Old Lady to three points at the San Paolo, but the Slovakia international has refused to throw in the towel just yet, with a little more than two months of the season left to go.
"The distance between us remains the same, but the end of the season is still a long way off," Hamsik told the club's official website. "We started the game well and then reacted to find the equalizer after their goal. We tried to double our tally, but we were unable to do so. There is still a long way to go this term."
Hamsik also spoke of his appreciation for the fans' show of support prior to first kick - with thousands of colored squares held up to create a mosaic of the sea and Mount Vesuvius, complete with flares to symbolize the volcano erupting.
"The atmosphere at the San Paolo was wonderful thanks to our fantastic fans who performed that choreography before the match."