Inter president Massimo Moratti has revealed that he was "fearing the worst" in the opening minutes of the Derby d'Italia against Juventus on Sunday.
The Nerazzurri reacted to conceding an Arturo Vidal goal inside just 19 seconds, despite Kwadwo Asamoah appearing to be offside, to eventually record a 3-1 victory and end the reigning champions' 49-match unbeaten run in Serie A.
Moratti maintained that his side bounced back from the unfair nature of the opening goal to inflict a first-ever defeat on the Old Lady at Juventus Stadium.
"After 17 seconds, I was worried that we were off to a bad start," the club supremo was quoted as saying by Premium Calcio.
"When I saw the replays, and that it was offside, I thought we were back to the usual story. The players did well and reacted to the injustice."
Meanwhile, the 67-year-old also sought to play down Inter's resurgence in the title race, while also allaying comparisons between coach Andrea Stramaccioni with predecessor Jose Mourinho.
He added: "Stramaccioni does not need to be compared to Jose Mourinho. He is good and that's all you need to say.
"I knew for three days that he was going to use the trident [3-4-3 formation]. Now I am happy, as a season that seemed to be a transitional one is now getting interesting. Let's wait before talking about targeting the Scudetto, though."
Inter travel to Serbia to face Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday, before resuming their Serie A campaign against Atalanta next weekend.