Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri saw his side set a new club record with their narrow 1-0 win over Genoa before declaring that titles are won with games like these.
The defending Serie A champions recovered from a bad start to the new season to close right up on the frontrunners after embarking on a 13-match winning streak.
The clash at the Juventus Stadium was settled by a solitary goal, which came in fortuitous circumstances on the half-hour mark when Sebastian De Maio turned a cross from Juan Cuadrado into his own net.
Juve survived the late sending-off of Simone Zaza to come away with a hard-fought victory as they moved within two points of league leaders Napoli.
"Historically games between Juventus and Genoa are rarely straightforward and (Gian Piero) Gasperini is always a difficult coach to beat," Allegri said afterwards.
"We're coming off the back of an intense run of fixtures and Sunday's excellent win against Chievo created a buzz both inside and outside the dressing room.
"Tonight's game brought us back to earth: to win the league you need to pull through and win matches like this."
Commenting on the Bianconeri's impressive feat, Allegri preferred to focus on their title challenge, with the club chasing a fifth successive Scudetto.
"Records don't mean much to me," he added. "Our focus now is solely on our next challenge on Sunday (against Frosinone) which we'll be approaching with just two strikers available due to (Simone) Zaza's suspension.
"All we can do is prepare for Frosinone: we have to win there and make sure we are no more than two points behind when we take on Napoli here in two weeks' time."