Francesco Totti feared he would miss the last-gasp penalty that saw Roma beat Sampdoria 3-2 on Sunday.
The veteran attacker, 39, stepped up to take the spot-kick well into stoppage time with the score at 2-2, but he made no mistake to deliver Roma the full three points.
“It was the first time I’ve been afraid of missing,” Totti told Sky Italia.
“But I couldn’t miss in front of the Curva, in front of my people.
Extreme weather conditions in Rome temporarily made the pitch unplayable and the start of the second half was delayed for over an hour before Roma recorded their hard-fought win.