Scotland 20 France 16
Scotland coach Frank Hadden claimed his players would have "exploded" heart monitors considering their outstanding efforts to beat France in their Six Nations Championship opener here yesterday.
The nation's international side finally gave their boss something to be proud of with a famous and unexpected success.
Sean Lamont scored two tries and Chris Paterson added ten points with his boot to give Scotland their first victory over their under-par opponents since 1999.
Hadden said: "I was asked when I took the job did I feel proud.
"I actually didn't feel proud then because the thing that really makes you proud is when you do something special for your country and bring more success in the professional era.
"You have to work hard to do that but obviously I was massively proud of the lads' performance.
"I mentioned during the week about heartrate monitors which we wore against New Zealand.
"The fact the players were praised for their fitness gave us a lot of confidence and I think some of them (the monitors) might have exploded today."
Hadden had no idea whether his side had improved sufficiently to beat France but he believes there is still much more to come.
Scotland go to Wales next week and he added: "I said before the game we would play well but we didn't play brilliantly. There are still some bits of rust in there but, in terms of guts, determination and commitment to the cause, it was absolutely outstanding.
"We knew we were playing well but we didn't know we would play well enough to win.
"The refereeing decisions and all the factors that go into top-level rugby went well. We knew we would play well and have a chance.
"But I am just delighted we crossed the finish line first."
Hadden's decision to pair Mike Blair and Dan Parks at half-back was also justified.
Stand-off Parks has come under fire and Hadden said: "You guys in the press are invaluable when you talk us up.
"But the people that are still mud-slinging at Dan Parks really need to have a long hard look at themselves. Dan answered them in perfect fashion today."
Blair also proved Hadden right in selecting him ahead of British and Irish Lion Chris Cusiter.
Hadden added: "He is a top-quality player and I am very lucky with the two scrum-halves I have got.
"Mike certainly was at the top of his game and made two very good breaks which were very exciting. I don't feel as if we have shown our hand yet.
"I am just happy with the quality of the handling in a very tough game. Everyone was fantastic."
Hadden said Blair was ready for Wales after getting a bang on the nose but he is sweating on the fitness of Marcus di Rollo.
"We will wait until tomorrow for Marcus," he added. "I am not sure if he tweaked a hamstring or it's just cramp. We hope it was not too serious but he could carry on."
French head coach Bernard Laporte praised Scotland and said his side's hopes of winning the championship had been halved.
He said: "Scotland stopped us playing and this is a very difficult place to come to.
"They never let us to get into a rhythm and now I think we have a 50-50 chance of winning this championship."
Scotland ended their miserable recent record against France in thrilling fashion. They had scored only two tries in their previous six Six Nations matches against France whose last visit to Edinburgh resulted in a 31-0 victory - the first time in 27 years that the hosts were scoreless on their own patch.
But Jason White, who became the 20th player to win 50 caps for Scotland, led from the front as the Scots played with decisiveness and accuracy.
France might have been without Yannick Jauzion - one of the game's most celebrated three-quarters - through a toe injury. But Florian Fritz showed as he darted down the right in the first minute that their intention was still to attack out wide.
Scotland regrouped, and in the sixth minute France fullback Nicolas Brusque fumbled a fine up-and-under from Dan Parks - given the nod at stand-off ahead of Gordon Ross - which led to a barnstorming run from captain White.
He was stopped just a yard short of the line by some brave French defence. But it was an encouraging riposte from Scotland, who last year lost only 16-9 in Paris.
Five minutes later Lamont shrugged off Frederic Michalak's weak tackle to cross for his fourth international try, Paterson converting.
Midway through the half Paterson confidently stroked over his first penalty, awarded for an infringement from talented flanker Yannick Nyanga.
Paterson kicked another penalty in the 33rd minute after being tackled without the ball by Cedric Heymans.
On the stroke of half time Jean-Baptiste Elissalde kicked a penalty.
Craig Smith came on for prop Bruce Douglas without affecting Scotland's momentum as Lamont scored his second try on 47 minutes after a text-book rolling maul which travelled almost 20 metres. Paterson converted - 20-3.
But that advantage lasted less than five minutes as France No 8 Bonnaire burrowed in at the corner after Scotland had lost a line-out on their own 22.
Cusiter entered the fray in the 56th minute, after a nose injury to Blair, and soon tempted Elissalde into tackling him from an offside position - but Paterson inexplicably kicked the penalty wide.
He was punished for his profligacy moments later as Elissalde kicked his second penalty to reduce the deficit to 20-11.
Laporte's men gave themselves hope with a 78th-minute try by substitute hooker Bruno in the same corner as Bonnaire had scored - but Elissalde missed the difficult conversion to leave Scotland surprise winners.