Inter boss Stefano Pioli praised his side for their strength of character in the 4-2 win over Fiorentina at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Monday night.
Marcelo Brozovic had given the Serie A hosts a third-minute lead ahead of a second from Antonio Candreva on nine minutes, while Mauro Icardi added a third just 10 minutes later.
But goals from Nikola Kalinic, eight minutes before the break, and Josip Ilicic just after the hour mark, threatened Inter's night before Icardi made the result safe with his second in injury time at the end of the match.
For a side struggling for confidence and form, it was an important step to have battled through a trying period in the match and still come out on top at the final whistle.
And speaking after the game, a delighted Pioli admitted he was seeing a big improvement from his charges.
He told the club's official website: "We did lots of good things today, especially at the start of the game.
"We got our approach right and if we play as a team and stick together we have the potential to be very successful. It's when we stop playing as a team that we start running into trouble."
He added: "First and foremost we need to work on our mentality. We have to learn to dig deep and know when to hold on because there are always two teams out there.
"The lads are working really hard, but we need to think a bit more clearly at times and understand that we can't play at the same tempo for the whole 95 minutes. We'll get better at that with time.
"We didn't maintain possession as well as we could have in the second half. I saw lots of good things but also some not so good things that we already knew we have to work on.
"The players need confidence but they've got the ability to play an attacking brand of football. We want to be bossing matches and putting opponents under the cosh."
The three points gained on Monday night sees Inter move above Fiorentina into eighth place with 21 points from 14 games.
Fiorentina are in ninth with 20 points, but have a game in hand.