Sassuolo climbed out of the bottom three after a 4-3 win at Fiorentina and Coach Eusebio Di Francesco saw a real battle.
The relegation challengers had been 4-1 up before a late fightback, which included the comeback goal of Giuseppe Rossi.
“Against a very strong side we fought with quality and hard work, deservedly getting the victory for what we showed in the opening 70 minutes,” Di Francesco told Sky Sport Italia.
“There is no such thing as an easy game and Fiorentina really played today, giving us a battle.
“The result of Catania-Bologna this weekend will be fundamental in the race for safety, as it’s even possible 35 points could be enough.”
Domenico Berardi scored a hat-trick in the first half, confirming his status as an extraordinary young player.
“He is young and at times makes some naive mistakes. He has a strong character and without that he wouldn’t play the way he does in big games.
“Curiously, whenever Berardi scored a hat-trick or even four goals, we ended up winning 4-3!”