Sam Warburton was delighted his Wales team stepped up on their performance in Ireland by defeating France 27-6 at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff.
The 26-3 loss - Wales' heaviest in the six Nations under Warren Gatland - was a wake-up call for an experienced squad and they showed their mettle by out-muscling the French pack.
"That was exactly the reaction we were looking for," said warburton, whose second-half try sealed the win. "We knew we had it in us. To do it in front of a home crowd was awesome.
"We said in the week that we don't want to take our places for granted. In the past two weeks it is probably the hardest we have worked in a long time."
Prop Gethin Jenkins was named man of the match after he was a pivotal part of a Wales pack that unexpectedly out-muscled the French.
"It was a tough two weeks," he said. "We were excited to get back out on field and prove we are a good team and win.
"A lot of harsh words have been spoken and we had to deliver - especially the front five. The coaches gave us a kick up the backside."