Conte made his comeback after the four-month ban expired and was shouting from the bench during the 1-0 win in Palermo.
"It is inevitable that it causes you pain when you're away from the field for such a long time, even if you get to work with the team during the week," said Conte.
"You miss the emotions of the game, but I have been forced to face this situation and hope that it was at least helpful to build character.
"The team reacted in an extraordinary manner and I thank the players, because they really are special. So is the club and perhaps so am I. I am fortunate enough to have a great staff, as Massimo Carrera and Angelo Alessio did brilliantly in replacing me and giving orders from the touchline.
"The fact we are so in sync allowed us to deal with the situation in the best way possible."