You know root exists on every system. It has to. All you need now is the password and your in. You're half way there.
To increase security, its best to disable root log in. Here's how.
As root open /etc/ssh/sshd_config and find the line PermitRootLogin.
Change 'yes' at the end of line to 'no', so it looks like this:
If the line has a hash mark '#' at start of line. Delete the '#' hash mark.
Save the file. Exit and restart sshd daemon.
Test it by trying to log in as root user. Log in should fail.