England ended a two-year run of away defeats by subduing spirited RBS 6 Nations Championship hosts Italy, and captain Martin Corry declared: ''It is a big deal for us.''
The world champions' 31-16 triumph at Stadio Flaminio ended a sequence of six successive defeats away from Twickenham after losing against New Zealand (twice), Australia, Ireland, France and Wales.
They had not won on the road since toppling Scotland at Murrayfield in February, 2004, and Italy did their utmost to extend that sequence.
The RBS 6 Nations underdogs - three wins from 31 tournament starts before Saturday - led 9-7 early in the second-half.
But fly-half Charlie Hodgson kept the world champions on course for a potential title success and Grand Slam triumph by calming England's nerves through a well-worked try 15 minutes into the second period.
Hodgson converted his own try and centre Mike Tindall's first-half effort, while he also landed a penalty, but England held only a 7-6 interval advantage.
Wing Mark Cueto's 11th try in 13 Tests took England out of sight just after Lawrence Dallaglio arrived from the replacements' bench with 15 minutes left, and two more Hodgson conversions meant he finished with 16 points after substitute James Simpson-Daniel claimed a late fourth touchdown.
"A lot of what we've done has been built on playing at Twickenham," said Corry, whose reign as England skipper has produced six wins out of seven.
"This is a big deal for us. The real test is playing well on the road, and we knew that Italy would provide a major challenge.
"But we have put in a real dogged performance away from home, and there is certainly a buzz in the changing room.
"From our point of view, Italy didn't give us a fright because we knew what to expect from them. They are a very tough side, and we know a lot of players from playing against them in the Heineken Cup.
"But the pleasing thing for us, building on last week (against Wales) is that we know we are going to break sides down, and we stuck at it."
Italian boss Berbizier was thrilled with his team's display, which came just seven days after they gave Ireland a fright in Dublin.
"We played with a lot of character and spirit against one of the best teams in the world, proving that we can play at this level," he said.
"We just need to be careful with the small details of our game.
"But the players are trying to do their best, and we have played two very hard games in the last week or so. The gap before our next game in a fortnight's time will be good for us."
Centre Mirco Bergamasco scored a consolation try for the Italians, but fly-half Ramiro Pez kept them firmly in contention through two drop-goals and a penalty until England's scoring burst during the final quarter.
"For eight minutes in the first-half, England were within one metre of our line and they couldn't score," said Italy captain Marco Bortolami.
"And in the second half we were 9-7 ahead for a time, which proved we can play against sides like England, but we have to keep working hard.
"The Premiership in England is a much higher standard than the Italian Super 10, so a lot of our players really did incredibly."
As head coach Stuart Lancaster polishes the axe he will soon wield over his World Cup training squad, Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has backed Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie to be given a stay of execution.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.