Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi said they needed the 3-2 win over Crotone by any means; however, he admitted it was an agonizing three points on Friday.
The Aquile welcomed Crotone for a strange 14.00 UK time kick-off at the Olimpico stadium; the guests tormented their host, ruling out their lead twice in an engaging beginning toSerie A
"It's a win we wanted at all costs," Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia after the match. "We lost to Bologna, Juventus, Bayern and Inter.
"We had to do better, we missed the three points from Bologna, but we've all adapted well in recent years.
"It was a painful win, the team threw their hearts over the obstacle."
Inzaghi felt he saw the regular Lazio against Serse Cosmi's squad, as Simy pulled Crotone back twice in the five-goal rollercoaster.
"I saw the usual Lazio. The second goal is a break from a corner kick, [Mohamed] Fares has to follow the man at the back.
"We lost concentration. The changes helped us, we won an important match."
The winning goal was scored by Felipe Caicedo, who came of the seats in minute 76.
"We know his importance, I thought I'd let him start," Inzaghi added. "When he is well, he's a great asset.
"He made us win the game, together with the others. Those who came on did well. We also had the growth of [Vedat] Muriqi, but we know what [Ciro] Immobile and [Joaquin] Correa give us."
Immobile has failed to find the net in the last five league games; however, Inzaghi is unphased over the Italy international who has scored 14 goals in Serie A this season.
"He had this problem last year too, he had a series of matches where he didn't score," Inzaghi said. "He's very strong, he has to believe in himself and he'll be back to scoring soon.
"I preferred to keep the two mezzalas, otherwise they would have played with three up front."
Stefan Radu provided an excellent assist for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic's opener, and Inzaghi said his recovery is great news for the team.
"We know the importance he has in our game," he said. "We were in an excellent moment, then Luiz Felipe's and Radu's injuries were heavy.
"With them on the pitch we won and returned to theChampions League
, a strong team must go on without them. [Luiz Felipe] will be ready in a month."
Lazio currently plan for the second leg against Bayern Munich; they trail the Germans 4-1 after the first leg at the Olimpico.
"We will go to play the match," Inzaghi said. "Qualifying for the round of 16 was supposed to be the great target and it was.
"Then, let's talk about Bayern who scored seven goals at Tottenham and eight at Barcelona.
"We know our potential, we have made an extraordinary path in the Champions League."