Ireland 15 Scotland 9
Eddie O'Sullivan says Ireland are the authors of their own destiny after Saturday's triumph moved them to within one victory of Six Nations Championship glory.
The encounter may not have been the dazzling championship farewell scripted for Lansdowne Road, where redevelopment begins next year, but winning by any means was far more important than nostalgia.
Munster fly-half Ronan O'Gara booted all of Ireland's points in difficult conditions, with heavy rain dampening ambitions, to extend their attacking game into the second half.
The gameplan was ugly but effective in the second half, when the wind was with the Irish. The home team ground a gutsy but limited Scotland outfit into the Dublin turf.
Brian O'Driscoll's team travel to Twickenham seeking a first championship title since 1985 and O'Sullivan is also eyeing a second Triple Crown in three years.
"We're in the situation we wanted to be in at this point," the Ireland head coach said. "We said after beating Wales we were very happy but this result has put us in the position to win and that's why nothing mattered until the final whistle.
"We're still in charge of our own destiny. We go to Twickenham with a Triple Crown there for the taking as well. That's a nice place to be after four games in the champion-ship. We feel like we achieved something in beating a very good Scotland team."
Scotland have taken massive strides since Frank Hadden replaced Matt Williams in April last year but their shortcomings were exposed on Saturday.
Their last away win was against Wales in 2002 while they had not won here for eight years. Despite the tight scoreline they never looked like ending that sequence.
Ferocious defence has been the hallmark of their Six Nations campaign but they were often caught offside - with O'Gara's boot dishing out suitable punishment - and offered little offensively.
Ireland dominated throughout - banishing the slow starts of recent past - and, after pounding away unsuccessfully at the Scottish line in the first half, kicked for territory in the second.
Munster forwards Paul O'Connell - the man of the match - and Jerry Flannery were stand-out performers in a strong display by the pack while Peter Stringer was a handful at scrum-half.
Another gear will have to be found if England are to be unseated on Saturday but they will travel to Twickenham high in confidence. O'Driscoll said: "We knew how physical they were going to be and, given the conditions, it was never going to be an expansive game.
"The impacts were big because a lot of the rugby was played in close quarters.
Their defensive record meant they weren't going to be easy to break down.
"If their frontline missed any tackles then their scramble was excellent. We adapted our gameplan and the strategy worked very well. In the second half I felt we played very smart rugby.
"I felt we played all the rugby and alas they kept within six points of us to the death, but we dominated the game. Scotland are a team on the up. I said to the boys on Friday night it's likely to be a one-score game and that's how it turned out."