Inter coach Claudio Ranieri feels their 3-1 win at Bologna on Saturday has given his side their self-esteem back, after they earned their first Serie A win of the season.
The Coppa Italia holders had not won in five competitive fixtures to date, but have begun in style under their new tactician, courtesy of goals from Giampaolo Pazzini, Diego Milito and Lucio. Ranieri emphasised the importance of starting positively.
"It was important to start on the right foot," Ranieri said after the match. "The boys needed to find their self-esteem and belief again."
"I said it was important to fight for the result, regardless of how we fought for it. The boys are hungry and showed it tonight. I was most impressed by their will to win and that's spirit."
He then went on to analyse the events during the match, applauding the team's cohesion and togetherness throughout the encounter - and reserving praise for their potent attack.
"The first half was positive, bar the loss of concentration to allow Marco Di Vaio in, but Julio Cesar was good," he continued. "Diego Forlan and Giampaolo Pazzini did some very good things, as well as Philippe Coutinho."
"The rest of the team was compact and united. In the second half they began to push and I tried to give the side another dimension," Ranieri concluded.
Inter have climbed to 11th place in Serie A, but await results of other teams as the weekend's action progresses.