Juve have leapfrogged AC Milan at the summit.
"I always prefer to lead because that way you depend on nobody except yourself," said Conte.
"We did well to take advantage of Milan's two recent slip-ups. There are still seven rounds to go and we have a tougher fixture list, but we also gained belief and are improving day after day.
"We wanted to get on this bicycle, so now we've got to pedal like crazy to the bitter end. I know it's better to be in front, because as a player and a Coach I have been in these situations.
"The hierarchy has changed with this result, but we have to stay determined and concentrated to finish ahead of a superpower like Milan."