But it wasn't enough to prevent France finishing bottom of the pile, picking up the wooden spoon for the first time since 1999.
The likes of Thierry Dusautoir, Louis Picamoles and Yoann Maestri are likely to return to club action when Toulouse host Stade Francais in the Top 14 on Sunday.
And Elissalde, who made his France debut as a replacement against Scotland in the 2000 Six Nations, admits his returning contingent need a lift.
"The two weeks after the Six Nations are difficult to manage because the players who were with France have got new habits," he said.
"There is also the psychological let-down for the players. Those who played a lot while the internationals were away think they will get a bit of a rest.
"But the internationals who come back also need a break after five games at Test level. So you have a bit of a come-down over the two weeks following the Six Nations.
"That's where it's our job as coaches to get the squad working together, the internationals and the others, to have a full squad working well."