Ezequiel Lavezzi confessed his relief after ending his year-long goal drought at the San Paolo, while Francesco Guidolin gave Napoli credit.
“Being a striker, I know that I have to increase my goal tally, seeing as it was such a long time since I had scored here,” said the Napoli star.
Pocho's last goal on home turf was precisely a year ago, when Milan won here 2-1, but he netted a sensational volley to beat Udinese 2-1.
“I scored tonight and it was really pleasing, but above all I am satisfied when I manage to help the team, whether I get on the scoresheet or not.
“Udinese are very strong this season and we played against a very tough opponent, but we played our style of football. It had been a while since we'd managed that.”
Udinese Coach Guidolin admitted the 2-0 result was fully deserved, as his team lost the leadership of Serie A.
“I'd say Napoli did something more than we did, especially as they came after the result with greater ferocity,” said the tactician.
“It's a real shame we conceded that second goal only moments after an amazing Morgan De Sanctis save had prevented us from equalising.
“I remain convinced Napoli are the strongest side in Italy at the moment, who play with beautiful, dynamic and quality football.”
Udinese seemed particularly weakened without Capocannoniere and Ballon d'Or candidate Antonio Di Natale.
“We weren't trying to rest him, the fact remains he was not fit.”