Italy hero Mauro Bergamasco savoured an historic result in Rome as the Azzurri beat Wales to win twice in a Six Nations campaign for the first time.
Mauro Bergamasco leads the Italy celebrations after beating Wales
"We showed that we really wanted the win and my try is the merit of the whole group," said Bergamasco.
"This is a sport where you suffer but the most important thing is that we have won.
"We have clinched our second straight win and we must continue to play as we are doing."
Bergamasco scored a dramatic try three minutes from time at the Stadio Flaminio with the Azzurri trailing 16-20.
But the flanker, who had been switched to play at centre, was fortunate to still be on the pitch after a punch on Wales captain Stephen Jones in the first-half had gone unnoticed.
Now we have one week to train for our next game against Ireland and we expect to finish in style
Italy number eight Sergio Parisse
Italy led 13-7 at the break but Wales soon forced their way ahead by scoring 13 points in 10 second half minutes.
Italy coach Pierre Berbizier said his side showed superb spirit to claw their way back and grind out a victory.
"It wasn't a great game of rugby, but it was very emotional," said the former France scrum-half. "The victory came from the hearts of the players.
"We had some difficulty at the start of the second half, but the players gave everything right up to the end, and we finished the stronger team.
"We have had a lot of injuries, but all those who have come in have played their part. Collective spirit drove us to victory."
Team-mate Sergio Parisse, who was named man-of-the-match, immediately turned his attention to ending the campaign with victory over Triple Crown champions Ireland in Rome next Saturday.
"It's incredible," he said. "We have proved that we can play just as well at home and away.
"This is the result of all the hard work we have done in the last year and now we can celebrate.
"I am really proud of what we have achieved in front of our home fans.
"Now we have one week to train for our next game against Ireland and we expect to finish in style."
Italian Rugby Federation president Giancarlo Dondi paid tribute to the team, saying: "I think the players have been fantastic.
"I am touched, it has been a great day for Italian rugby.
"It was a thrilling ending to the game and I have to admit that I had to sit down because my legs were trembling.
"I am sure that the team can give further satisfaction to our fans. We must keep our feet firmly on the ground."