David Trezeguet struck the winner and a proud Ranieri declared: "A derby is always a derby and it is wonderfully satisfying to win one.
"It may not have had the prettiest football, but it was a battle between two sides who really wanted the win."
He also said: "Trezeguet is in stunning form at the moment. He is really enjoying his football and what I notice is that he puts more pressure on opposition defenders. The whole team has character. A Coach can talk and motivate them, but if a side doesn't have it in them, you cannot bring it out."
"Torino played a great game," assured Ranieri. "We felt the tension, as for some of us it was our first derby, so we could never do as well as in other circumstances.
"The derby is separate from everything, as your position in the table or your form going into it counts for nothing."