The Tuscans had been 4-0 up and could've scored more, but conceded at the death from Antonio Cassano.
"I don't know if it was our best performance," said the unflustered Coach.
"Our opponents were notable and we were consistent throughout the game. The only regret is conceding that goal, but it was a step forward compared to our last match."
Patron Diego Della Valle was in the Stadio Artemio Franchi stands for the first time in three years and also had lunch with the squad.
"Della Valle's presence helped bring calm to the group. We played to enjoy ourselves and that gave us grit," added Montella.