Juventus reduced their points deficit to 13 with their first win of the Serie B season against Vicenza.
The Italian giants still have some way to go to negate the penalty imposed on them after being found guilty of match fixing, but the 2-1 result at the new Stadio Olimpico in Turin was still a marked improvement on their opening day draw with Rimini.
French international striker David Trezeguet, whom the Bianconeri fought tooth and nail to keep over the summer, scored his first goal of the season just before half time.
Soon after the break Juve captain Alessandro Del Piero also opened his account, but Vicenza gave themselves a glimmer of hope with a consolation strike from Christian Raimondi.
Didier Deschamps' side still have a metaphorical mountain to climb if they are to reclaim their place in Serie A at the first attempt, but Trezeguet was pleased with an improved display from the fallen giants.
"We won, Serie B is a really difficult league and we must understand it yet," Trezeguet told Sky Italia.
"Vicenza are a good side and they gave us troubles.
"Anyway I think we had a good match, even if we must improve our physical condition, but the win is good."
The striker, who was constantly linked with an exit from Juve over the summer as a number of top names left for pastures new, also hinted he was happy to participate in the project to restore the Bianconeri to their former status.
"Being part of Juve's history makes me proud," Trezeguet added.
"What happened with me this summer doesn't interest me, now I'm here.
"What interests me now is the group and Juve and I'm convinced we will have a good season"