After four successive draws, the Bianconeri got back to winning ways in the most spectacular fashion at the Artemio Franchi to breathe new life into their Scudetto challenge
The Bianconeri's Scudetto hopes had taken a knock after a run of four successive draws which had seen them fall four points behind AC Milan at the summit of the standings, and with the Rossoneri having opened this weekend's action by triumphing 2-0 at Parma, that gap had been increased to seven points by kick-off at the Artemio Franchi.
Consequently, Juventus desperately needed to get back to winning ways in Florence - and they did just that, with Mirko Vucinic, Arturo Vidal, Claudio Marchisio, Andrea Pirlo and Simone Padoin all registering during a dominant display against a 10-man Viola side which renewed Conte's faith in his side's faltering title challenge.
"It seemed that it wasn’t going to be our day again when Vucinic hit the post at the start of the game," the former Bianconeri midfielder is quoted as saying by his club's official website.
"They had the desire - as did their fans - to throw a spanner in the works, but the lads did well.
"It wasn’t easy because it’s been a while since we’ve won, while Milan are motoring along like a train ...
"Instead, we displayed our personality and desire to win. And this is a sign of great maturity.
“We’re proud to find ourselves ten games from the end and in the position to fight and keep the championship alive.
"We’ll continue to do our maximum so we have no regrets at the end. We know that we have a strong and structured opponent ahead of us, but we want to continue to dream.”
The victory was Juve's biggest of the season and Conte argued afterwards that he always felt that it would only be a matter of time before the goals started to flow for his side.
“We’ve always played a great brand of football this season, even if it’s inevitable that the performance is associated with the result and judgements therefore change," he mused.
"Of course, we haven’t won in a while but that’s not due to poor performances. A deflected ball sometimes goes into the net, sometimes it goes behind. And this year ours have often ended up behind.”
Juventus face Milan in the Coppa Italia on Tuesday night before returning to Serie A action against Inter next weekend.