Claudio Ranieri feels Roma proved a point with their victory at San Siro, especially with Francesco Totti on the bench.
“This result means a lot in the home of the League leaders,” he said of the 1-0 win over Milan that puts them within seven points of the top spot.
“It was certainly not easy and winning here keeps us alive in the Scudetto race, albeit still aware of the difficulties. We felt the support of the fans and gave them a great Christmas present.”
Ranieri raised a few eyebrows by dropping Totti and David Pizarro despite losing Mirko Vucinic to injury.
“Do I feel this is my victory? No. I am paid to make decisions and take responsibility when things go wrong. It went well today and I think it's right to praise the players.
“In the first half Alexander Doni and the defence managed to safe-guard the clean sheet, especially in that one-on-one with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“The team was very united and we knew how to suffer under pressure, then emerge in the long run. It's a sign all the work we're doing every day pays off.”
Milan had more of the ball, but the Giallorossi made their chances count with Marco Borriello.
“We could've created more in attack, but it wasn't easy against this very aggressive Milan side. They are an excellent squad and deserve to be top of the table.
“I was very satisfied with Adriano's performance, as he held up the ball and gave the team breathing space. You'll see he will become even more important to Roma in the new year.”