Max Allegri believes the derby triumph is “a psychological turning point,” hailed Clarence Seedorf and Alexandre Pato, but told off Antonio Cassano.
“It is not the game that wins the Scudetto, even if we've given our table a good boost,” he said of Milan's 3-0 victory over rivals Inter.
“After the last few weeks this success can be a psychological turning point. We were too slow in the first half and didn't finish off our moves, while we did better after the break.
“The victory is more than deserved and the team did a great job.”
Pato bagged a brace and Cassano converted a late penalty, but FantAntonio received two yellow cards for celebrating by taking his shirt off and then tackling Ivan Cordoba.
“Pato had a great game and was very good at attacking the two Inter centre-backs,” continued Allegri.
“It's a shame about Cassano and unfortunately there is this habit of taking your shirt off to celebrate. Antonio knew that was the case and could've avoided the foul later on.
“Robinho had some important opportunities to score, but overall played a good game. Seedorf's performance was extraordinary, showing all his quality.”
Milan were top of the table, but felt like the underdogs before this derby, having picked up one point from two games against Bari and Palermo.
“I gave the lads some suggestions and they tried to follow my requests. They played very well, proving the games against Bari and Palermo were just blips, albeit ones that are sometimes necessary.”