Substitute Alessandro Florenzi scored a stoppage-time winner to keep Roma's faint title hopes alive as it beat Torino 2-1 at home in Serie A on Tuesday.
The exuberant celebrations of the Roma players and coach Rudi Garcia demonstrated precisely how important the goal was from the 83-minute replacement.
Leading Serie A goalscorer Ciro Immobile scored a stunning volley for Torino to cancel out Mattia Destro's opener.
Second-placed Roma moved 11 points behind Juventus. Antonio Conte's side can restore its 14-point advantage with a win at home to Parma on Wednesday — although it will have then played a game more than Roma.
Garcia's team moved nine points clear of third-placed Napoli.
"I feel so emotional, I had always dreamed of scoring a goal under the Curva Sud and it's finally happened after two years," a clearly exhausted Florenzi said.
Immobile again boosted his chances of being included in Italy's World Cup squad as he scored his 17th league goal of the season in front of national team coach Cesare Prandelli.
"The goal was nice, but unfortunately it didn't help us," Immobile said.