Juventus secured a 3-0 home victory over Bologna thanks to goals by Filip Kostic, Dusan Vlahovic and Arkadiusz Milik in Serie A on Sunday to ease some of the pressure on manager Max Allegri. It had been six games across all competitions since the Bianconeri last won.
The win leaves Juve in seventh place with 13 points from eight games as they trail leaders Napoli by seven points.
Juve midfielder Kostic fired home a diagonal drive to score the opener in the 24th minute for his first Serie A goal after being played through by his Serbia team mate Vlahovic.
Vlahovic then scored with a header in the 59th minute following a superb cross by McKennie before Milik smashed the ball into the net from inside the box three minutes later.
Vlahovic could have netted again in the 67th, but his strike went wide. That was followed by another effort from Milik four minutes later but his header crashed against the post.
Juve visit fourth-placed AC Milan on Saturday while Bologna, placed 17th in the table with six points, host bottom-placed Sampdoria.
“It is a clean and important win, we have not been winning for a month. The guys were good, we are keeping a low profile because we are still behind,” Allegri told DAZN.
“We have to take it one step at a time, hopefully we can close the gap like we did last season.”
Before facing Milan they host Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday with a win over the Israelis crucial to their chances of reaching the Champions League’s knockout rounds.
Fans of Italy’s most prominent club remain unconvinced and they will not be won over by a home win over Bologna who are one point above the relegation zone and have shown no signs of improvement since replacing Sinisa Mihajlovic with Thiago Motta earlier this month.