Former captain Chris Paterson believes the self-belief which new coach Frank Hadden has injected into the Scotland squad was the catalyst for their shock victory over France in the Six Nations Championship.
Sean Lamont crossed for two tries and Paterson kicked ten points as the underdogs stunned the pre-tournament favourites 20-16 at Murrayfield.
It was Scotland's first victory over France since the famous five-try win in Paris in 1999 - and their first in Edinburgh for a decade.
The triumph was a particular surprise because Scotland had won just once in the previous two Six Nations campaigns under Matt Williams -a turgid home success over Italy last year.
But Hadden has slowly turned the tide, starting with wins last summer against the Barbarians and Romania, continuing in an encouraging autumn series and culminating in a terrific performance against Bernard Laporte's highly-rated side.
Paterson said: "We were confident and we wanted to show we were confident.
"It's easy to say in the build-up to the game that we were upbeat but it's doing it on the pitch.
"When you look at the ability in the side and you look at the improvements we have been making then we had a right to be confident.
"At international level you're not going to get everything your own way but the difference this year is that if a mistake is made someone else is there to tidy it up.
"There is a confidence there and that's a testament to Frank and his coaching team. It's the first game and it's at home and arguably you should win your home games.
"But Frank has a grasp of what is needed and what the players want, both in what he says to us and how he trains us. We're delighted for him as well."
The 27-year-old Edinburgh winger, with Scotland heading for the Millennium Stadium to play Wales on Sunday, added: "There is a long way to go though and we know we'll need to improve between now and the end of the championship. But it's not a bad starting point!
"There's a relief and a pride about what we've done. The backroom staff and players who have only been around the squad for two years haven't experienced a big win like that before. I've played France many times and that's my first win so it just shows how hard it is to beat them."
Meanwhile, Simon Taylor is relishing the battle with Wales' back-row on Sunday.
Scotland's breakaway unit of captain Jason White, Allister Hogg and Taylor is one of the key strengths of Hadden's side.
At Murrayfield the Scots' back-row outplayed their illustrious French counterparts - Yannick Nyanga, Remy Martin and Julien Bonnaire -to set up the emotional win.
Now Taylor expects to face a different challenge in Cardiff as he comes up against Colin Charvis, Martyn Williams and Michael Owen - men he knows from two Lions tours.
The Edinburgh No 8 said: "You're never confident until you've done it but I think we're happy going into any game. Every team is different and every back-row is different. We were pretty happy with how things went against France but this weekend is a different challenge.
"The Welsh back-row will play things differently to the French but we will approach the game in just the same way."