Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon admits they weren't at their best for victory over Chievo.
Juve stumbled to a 2-1 win.
"It was a bit of a difficult time, because analysing the games we did not win, you could tell we weren't in our best form," the goalkeeper told Sky Sport Italia.
"In January it all went wrong for us and we were a little complacent too. Now we are in the battle for the Scudetto and finally the opponents are revealing themselves, so we are not just challenging our own records. It's much more fun this way.
"It is very motivating to play knowing you cannot afford to get anything wrong. There are 15 games to go and everything is still up for grabs. I welcome more Scudetto rivals.
"The same is true of preparing for the Champions League against Celtic. Certain players perform better under pressure. At the end of December people acted like we'd almost won the Scudetto already, but that is not the case."