As Inter came from two goals down to seal a 3-2 victory over Palermo, Nerazzurri tactician Leonardo paid special tribute to Giampaolo Pazzini who scored a brace on his debut.
“It was a beautiful game,” he declared to SkySport.
“We started in difficulty and were punished by a great Palermo side.
“Ending the first half two goals down was a little hard on my men given the amount they created out there.
“After the break the boys came out even more determined and with the aid of ‘Pazzo’ [Pazzini] we were able to turn the result around.
“The boy played a great game as did the whole side and I was delighted with the spirit shown out there.
“Given the ability of the opposition this afternoon it makes the win all the more sweet.
“Palermo put us into difficulty on numerous occasions but we came through with our strength in character.
“It’s true that we are continuing to concede a few too many goals but ultimately the result is what matters and these three points are worth everything at this stage in the season.”