Scotland forward Simon Taylor was pleased with his side's opening RBS 6 Nations victory - despite a disappointing overall performance.
Matt Williams' side won their first match in the tournament with a scrappy, forgettable success over Italy at a tension-filled Murrayfield.
The hosts underperformed in the first half and were fortunate to take a 6-3 lead at the interval having struggled to string together two phases of possession.
But an improved showing in the second period saw Williams' men secure an 18-10 victory thanks to six Chris Paterson penalties.
Kicking from hand by Dan Parks - under pressure for his place following a below-par display against Ireland - was key to Scotland's improvement after the break.
Taylor, returning recently from a year on the treatment table, said: "The main thing was that we won. It wasn't a good game to watch but we followed our tactics well.
"We were desperate for a win and so were they and it made everyone play hoping they wouldn't make a mistake.
"It's just a relief to win. It wasn't an attractive game but we won it. It would have been the end of the world if we hadn't.
"We've got to be grateful for the win because you've just got to think what it would have been like if we hadn't.
"Although I'm not sure we in the squad were quite as aware of the gloom as in the public and the media."
The Edinburgh back-row man was, however, quick to admit there is plenty of room for improvement ahead of the visit of Wales in a fortnight's time and pinpointed two particular areas.
He said: "We definitely need to improve our ball retention against Wales. Neither side were very strong in that area on Saturday.
"Italy are always tough to play against, especially in the forwards, but we just need to look for a few more holes and make some breaks."
But despite these necessary improvements, Taylor was just delighted to get the win - as well as a successful return to the international fold after a serious knee injury.
Arguably Scotland's best player, he suffered the problem against Ireland last March and was only able to face Italy - filling the shirt vacated by the injured Jason White - after a short loan spell with Saracens to get him match-fit.
He said: "I don't think I was particularly brilliant or anything, but it was just enjoyable to back out there again.
"I'm not sure how long it will take to get back to full fitness. I may play for Edinburgh next week before the Wales game but we'll just have to see what everyone thinks."
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