Giuseppe Rossi admitted he had missed Italian football after he made his return in Genoa's Coppa Italia clash with Juventus on Wednesday night.
The 30-year-old made his comeback from injury eight months after playing his last game as a late substitute in Genoa's 2-0 defeat in Turin and he said it was great to be back.
"It's a unique feeling," he told RAI. "After eight months out, it was a beautiful moment. I tried all I could to get us back level and I had such desire to prove that I'm in good shape."
Atalanta climbed to eighth in the table after coming from behind to win 2-1 at Genoa in Tuesday night's rearranged Serie A match.
Following snow in northern Italy, the game was put back by 24 hours, with the hosts looking to build on last week's win at Verona and pull further away from the relegation zone.
Genoa took an early lead through Andrea Bertolacci's low left-foot strike after just four minutes and Diego Laxalt then saw his effort shave the woodwork.
Goalkeeper Mattia Perin produced a fine save...
Giuseppe Rossi may have to wait until the winter transfer window opens before being able to make his Genoa debut because of a bureaucratic situation.
The Italian forward has completed a medical, seven and a half months after tearing his knee ligaments while a Celta Vigo player, and he says he is ready to pick up training again.
However, since Celta did not officialise the end of his engagement with them until July, the 30-year-old may have to wait until the transfer window opens before being permitted...