Sassuolo ended their five-round winless streak with a 2-1 victory away to Crotone, who remain rock bottom despite the Adam Ounas strike.
Domenico Berardi returned to the starting XI after injury concerns and immediately made his mark with a shot going through the defender’s legs.
Ounas, on loan from Napoli, turned Federico Peluso inside out to score an impressive solo effort for Crotone.
Samuel Di Carmine’s goal was disallowed for a Koffi Djidji foul on the goalkeeper and Francesco Caputo converted the winning penalty following an avoidable Vladimir Golemic challenge on Manuel Locatelli.
Mert Muldur also had a goal ruled out for a push on his marker in the final stages.