Romelu Lukaku maintained his hot scoring streak as Inter battled to a 2-0 victory over Genoa at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris to snap their three-game winless run.
Inter lost 2-1 to bitter rivals Milan last weekend, either side of draws with Lazio and Borussia Monchengladbach, and they made hard work of overcoming Genoa on Sunday (AEDT).
The Nerazzurri failed to register a single shot on target in the first half of a league game for the first time under Antonio Conte, who has been under increasing pressure.
But Inter made the breakthrough thanks to Lukaku's 10th goal in eight matches this term for club and country, which Danilo D'Ambrosio added to 11 minutes from time as the visitors moved up to third.
Inter have now won their last five league meetings with Genoa without conceding but they struggled to create much of anything in a first half devoid of any real action.
Lautaro Martinez curled a shot narrowly over from the edge of the box and Mattia Bani did enough to prevent Lukaku from getting an effort away from closer range.
Genoa, now almost back to full strength after a coronavirus outbreak in their camp last month, held out until the 64th minute when Lukaku found a way through.
The Belgium international exchanged passes with substitute Nicolo Barella, brought the ball inside Edoardo Goldaniga and fired away from goalkeeper Mattia Perin despite losing his footing.
Lukaku had a second goal ruled out for offside five minutes later but D'Ambrosio made sure of the three points with a header from close range after Andrea Ranocchia had flicked on a corner.