A much-changed Scotland bounced back from last week's thrashing by France to win the return fixture 17-14 at Murrayfield Saturday, though neither team will take much joy from the scrappy World Cup warm-up clash.
After last week's 32-3 humiliation in Nice, the Scots made 14 changes, with only full-back Stuart Hogg retained in a much stronger starting XV.
A week ago, Scotland conceded a try after 25 seconds and they were 7-0 down again after two minutes Saturday, with winger Damian Penaud snatching an interception from Peter Horne and running 50 metres to score under the posts.
France were also gifted a second try after 27 minutes, when Scotland fly-half Finn Russell failed to gather a high kick. Gael Fickou cut loose before feeding Penaud to score his second, Thomas Ramos slotting his second conversion moments later.
Scotland had barely threatened but finally struck at the end of the first half with a turnover score finished off by Sean Maitland, making it 14-10 to France at half-time.
The home side were able to build up some pressure at the line after the hour mark, and centre Chris Harris timed his run on to a Greig Laidlaw pass perfectly to blast through.
However, Scotland's celebrations were tempered by a potentially serious leg injury to lock Sam Skinner, who was helped off after 65 minutes.
Scotland now have two matches against Georgia on Aug. 31 and Sept. 6 to finalise their preparations before they play a challenging first game against Ireland at the World Cup in Yokohama on Sept. 22.
"The collective effort, mindset, commitment was there in the jersey," said Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend. "That was really pleasing to see and we found a way to win among a lot of adversity.
"There's a lot to work on, we know that, but that's more like what I thought it would be.
"It was great to see the crowd getting really behind the team and the players finding that win, so we can go to Georgia with at least a win behind us."
France, still looking an unsettled unit, complete their warm-up campaign against Italy at home next weekend as they build towards their own crunch opener against Argentina in Pool C, which also contains England.