Lazio secured their fifth win in a row with a 3-1 victory at Atalanta in Serie A on Sunday which moved Simone Inzaghi's side above their opponents into sixth in the standings.
Adam Marusic got the visitors off to a perfect start with a fine solo goal inside three minutes, before Joaquin Correa latched on to Ciro Immobile's header and fired home in the 51st minute to put Lazio on course for a comfortable win.
Looking to make amends for their midweek Coppa Italia defeat by Atalanta in Bergamo, Lazio had chances to make it three before Mario Pasalic got the hosts back in the match with 11 minutes to go.
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However, substitute Vedat Muriqi made sure of the win three minutes later as Lazio moved level on 37 points with fourth-placed AS Roma, who host Hellas Verona later on Sunday.
"We have great mental strength," Lazio assistant Massimiliano Farris told DAZN. "In the Coppa Italia (on Wednesday) we went out undeservedly. Today, we played a strong game and we won in a more than deserved way.
Lazio-Atalanta has become a classic. Today it was important to overtake them in the standings."
The previous four meetings in all competitions between the sides had produced 21 goals, and it took only just 126 seconds for the net to bulge on Sunday as Marusic struck from 20 metres for his second league goal of the season.
Lazio's second was very much route one with their top scorer Immobile turning provider, but he and his team-mates should have put the game to bed from a hatful of chances in the second half.
Pasalic's goal only unnerved the visitors momentarily, however, as Kosovan striker Muriqi's first Serie A goal wrapped up the points in the 82nd minute.
Napoli earned a 2-0 victory over lowly Parma thanks to a goal in each half, with their Serie A win easing the pressure on under-fire coach Gennaro Gattuso.
In a poor first period, Eljif Elmas' solo effort in the 32nd minute broke the deadlock, with the midfielder beating three players before scoring.
Nervy Napoli spent the majority of the second half defending their lead before substitute Matteo Politano's deflected strike in the 82nd minute made sure of the points, with every player going to Gattuso to celebrate.
Napoli publicly backed their coach this week as speculation persisted that Gattuso could be sacked, but a move back into the top four on 37 points, above AS Roma who host Hellas Verona later on Sunday, will further help the 43-year-old's cause.
Parma stay second-bottom with 13 points, two off the safety zone, and are without a win in their last 11 league games.
Three goals inside the first half an hour earned AS Roma a comfortable 3-1 victory over Hellas Verona with the win moving Paulo Fonseca's side above champions Juventus and into third in the standings.
Gianluca Mancini opened the scoring in the 20th minute with a header from a corner, before Henrikh Mkhitaryan added a second with a fine finish two minutes later, the Armenian taking his tally to nine league goals for the season.
Borja Mayoral was alert to the loose ball to score a third in the 29th minute.
Verona substitute Ebrima Colley got the visitors back into the match in the 62nd minute, with Roma looking nervous at the back as Verona pressed for another, but the home side stood firm to see out the win.
The victory moved Roma on to 40 points, one point ahead of Juventus in fourth having played one game more. They are six points behind leaders AC Milan. Verona remain ninth with 30 points.
Elsewhere, Jeremie Boga's 94th-minute equaliser earned Sassuolo a 1-1 draw at Cagliari, leaving Roberto De Zerbi's early season high-fliers down in eighth place without a win in five games in all competitions.
Genoa have found form of late and are up to 14th in the standings after two goals from striker Mattia Destro helped them beat Crotone 3-0 in Calabria.
In the early kick off, Udinese captain Rodrigo de Paul scored and was sent off as they earned a 1-0 win at Spezia.
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