Torino 0-1 Juventus: Vlahovic lifts the gloom with derby winner for Bianconeri
Dusan Vlahovic scored the only goal of the game as Juventus lifted the gloom with a 1-0 Derby della Mole win at Torino.
Head coach Massimiliano Allegri has come under increasing pressure following 2-0 defeats to Milan and Maccabi Haifa, but the Bianconeri secured only their fourth Serie A win of the season against their city rivals on Saturday.
Vlahovic's seventh goal of the season in the 74th minute was enough to settle the derby at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino.
Victory for Juve moved them above Inter into seventh and was a welcome relief for the under-fire Allegri.
Allegri switched to a three-man defence of Danilo, Bremer and Alex Sandro as he made four changes to his starting line-up, but Juve were slow to get going in a frantic first half.
Aleksey Miranchuk forced a save from Wojciech Szczesny, and it was not until the 32nd minute that the Bianconeri had their first shot, Vanja Milinkovic-Savic comfortably gathering Vlahovic's effort.
Milinkovic-Savic stuck out a right hand to deny Vlahovic again moments later, then palmed away long-range drives from Adrien Rabiot and Manuel Locatelli before Juve captain Juan Cuadrado fired just wide.
Juve had a let-off when Nikola Vlasic was afforded too much space just inside the penalty area but Szczesny saved.
Moise Kean had been starved of service, yet the striker missed a golden opportunity to put the Bianconeri in front when he failed to hit the target from close range after Filip Kostic had picked him out.
Although Milinkovic-Savic produced more heroics to tip Vlahovic's header around the post, the striker was on hand to break the deadlock from point-blank range after Danilo headed the resulting corner into his path.
What does it mean? Relief for Allegri
President Andrea Agnelli backed Allegri following a loss to Maccabi that left Juve surely facing a Champions League exit, but a derby defeat would have ramped up even more pressure on the 55-year-old.
Although this was anything but a vintage performance, Allegri will not care about that as he strives to turn the Bianconeri's fortunes around.
They have now lost just one of their past 33 derbies against Torino, winning 24 and drawing eight. Torino could have gone above their neighbours with three points but remain without a win over Juve since 2015.
Vlahovic rewarded for lively display
Serbia international Vlahovic was a real handful for the Torino defence as he tried to spark Juve into life.
He led the line superbly and produced a predatory finish after anticipating Danilo's flick on, catching Torino napping with the last of his six attempts.
Kean fails to grasp his chance
Allegri handed a start to Kean as Arkadiusz Milik had to settle for a place on the bench, but he was unable to take his chance.
The striker looked rusty alongside the lively Vlahovic, wasting a great chance to open the scoring from only six yards out before he was replaced by Milik.
Juve are at home to Empoli next Friday, while Torino take on Cittadella in the Coppa Italia on Tuesday.