Stefano Colantuono's Atalanta would be in second place without their six-point penalty, so the win in Parma was a good way to mark his birthday.
“I tried to keep it quiet, as last year we lost on my birthday, so I didn't want it to bring bad luck,” confessed the Coach.
The Orobici emerged 2-1 winners from the Stadio Tardini thanks to a Maxi Moralez brace.
“In the second half we did very well on the counter-attack and made more of our chances than in the first period.
“It was a really difficult match today and we gave an important response. Don't forget we are coming from Serie B.
“We defeated a strong Parma side, who I consider to be too good for the relegation battle. The decisive moments are when you break the deadlock, so today we were able to bring home the result.”