Chris Cusiter, a Lions tourist four years ago, admits victory in the IRB Nations Cup was essential for Scotland's A team.
The Scotland scrum-half captained an experienced A side to victory over France A in Bucharest to preserve their 100 per cent record in the tournament.
Scotland secured their fifth win against France at this level in 12 meetings thanks to the boot of promising stand-off Ruaridh Jackson.
The Glasgow playmaker, surprisingly called up for the RBS 6 Nations squad earlier this year, landed five penalties and a conversion while fellow Warrior Richie Vernon crossed for a fine try.
The victory secured a perfect start for former England forward Andy Robinson as national coach, following on from the wins over Russia and Uruguay.
The tournament gave several players on the fringe of the first XV and indeed those on the outside of the squad looking in, the chance to impress Robinson.
Cusiter, who is joining Glasgow from Perpignan this summer, said: "We prepared for a few days for this and the win was the only thing that was going to be acceptable.
"There have been a lot of guys who are coming up through the ranks who have put their hands up."