Antonio Conte expressed his delight after Italy scored a later winner to seal a 1-0 win over Sweden.
The Azzuri's secured their spot in the second round of Euro 2016 with a late Eder winner over Sweden on Friday afternoon, and Conte feels they have silenced their critics.
Italy qualified for the last 16 with a game to spare, after following up their 2-0 win over Belgium in their Group E opener with a 1-0 triumph in Toulouse.
"Above all I think that there should be great satisfaction on the part of everybody because I think there are very few who would have thought of us qualifying for the last 16 after just two games," he said as FourFourTwo quoted.
"Many even doubted us going through the group and the fact we're into the last 16 after just two games is a huge satisfaction."
The new-incoming Chelsea boss also praised the efforts of his players against Erik Hamren's team.
"I think this group, me included, feels a lot when they wear this shirt - the responsibility of representing a country, particularly in a time which is not great for the country in all aspects," the Chelsea-bound coach continued.
"In the first half, there was a bit of anxiety and nervousness. The ball wasn't moving for us and this favoured Sweden.
"We've beaten a side we've always struggled against in the past so I'm happy that we've done this without conceding any real chances, also hitting the crossbar [through Marco Parolo] and creating chances.
"I'm pleased for the lads because they deserve an awful lot and I hope these two wins can allow us to gain more confidence. We started with rather flat tyres and now we're trying to pump them up with every game."