Walter Samuel has explained that winning was the only option for Inter against Lille on Wednesday night.
The Nerazzurri beat their French opponents in the Champions League thanks to goals from Samuel and Diego Milito.
"We knew it was important to win," the former Roma and Real Madrid centre-back noted after the encounter.
"It was important to edge closer to qualification and important after losing to Juventus. We wanted to show everyone that Inter are still here.
"We're happy today, but we're already thinking ahead to Genoa because now we have to climb back up the table at home."
Inter are top of their Champions League group – four points clear of CSKA Moscow and Trabzonspor, seven of Lille.
In Serie A, meanwhile, they are just one point above the relegation zone.