AC Milan boss Massimilano Allegri has said that it was imperative that his side beat Udinese to remain alive in the Serie A title race.
The Rossoneri came from a goal down to score twice in the final 15 minutes of the game to beat the Zebrette at the Stadio Friuli and move above Juventus in the Italian league table.
"We started well but were punished during the first half. In the second half we improved, and showed more courage and took more risks," he said.
"We had to beat Udinese. Our spirit has made the difference. We were cohesive.
"When there's no Ibrahimovic, the players display different characteristics. Maxi Lopez gave us depth and did a great job."
AC Milan will now return home to host Arsenal in the Champions League in midweek.