England's revenge was sweet as they stretched their winning run at fortress Twickenham to 19 matches with a 25-17 victory over France in the RBS 6 Nations Championship.
They wiped away the bitter memory of last year's defeat at Stade de France, which wrecked their 6 Nations and Grand Slam hopes, by breaking down spirited French resistance.
Full-back Jason Robinson, who was willing to swap his try in Paris last year for an England victory, celebrated with both.
His strike, bursting through to take a superb pass from centre Will Greenwood to race in and touch down near the post, gave England a grip on the game which they never relinquished.
Fly-half Jonny Wilkinson produced another awesome goal-kicking display which yielded 20 points to take him past the 600 milestone in internationals.
Wilkinson just could not miss as he punished the French with five penalties, a conversion and an immaculate drop-goal.
But England had to battle back and overturn an early deficit after Sale youngster Charlie Hodgson had his kick charged down by French flanker Olivier Magne, who collected one-handed to grab a fine opportunist try after just 16 minutes. Gerald Merceron converted to put France 7-3 in front.
Les Bleus actually scored three tries to England's one but the late flurry which brought their final two came too late to affect the outcome.
Full-back Clement Poitrenaud squeezed over in the right-hand corner in the 66th minute and then centre Damien Traille crossed the whitewash during injury time but four missed goal-kicking opportunities by Merceron proved costly for France.
Despite 12 minutes of injury time England withstood the late French pressure to secure an important victory.
Henry Slade admits he could not watch his England team-mates celebrate their RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam triumph after suffering injury heartbreak, but now has the Red Rose's summer tour to Australia in his sights.