France coach Bernard Laporte and team manager Jo Maso conceded Les Bleus had completed a major "hold-up" victory over Scotland as their "scared" side only snatched the win in the dying seconds of their RBS 6 Nations opener at the Stade de France.
The victory for the hosts finally came one minute before the end when Damien Traille scored a try following a decisive counter-attack from youngster Gregory Lamboley who was making his first international appearance.
Fly-half Frederic Michalak, who started on the bench and came into action in the second half, converted easily allowing his side to grab a final 16-9 victory.
"It is true that France committed sort of a hold up," admitted Maso. "Fifteen minutes to the end I never thought we would score nor win.
"We were not good enough in finishing up our actions, we were making too many mistakes and we failed to be precise.''
Laporte blasted his side for making such a hatful of mistakes and failing to take control of the match although being relieved with the last-minute win.
"We had too very different halves," the French boss added.
"In the first half we were scared, the players did not take any risks, they were frightened.
"The second one was a little bit more relaxed, and as a consequence more encouraging although far from perfect."
Scotland coach Matt Williams was proud of his players as they came close to defeating the RBS 6 Nations champions.
"It was a tremendous effort in a period of unprecedented negativity," said Williams.
"They had to perform for the nation and show the nation that there is something to be proud of and that there are people who are passionate and caring and are prepared to put their bodies on the line."
As head coach Stuart Lancaster polishes the axe he will soon wield over his World Cup training squad, Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has backed Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie to be given a stay of execution.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.