"So I was happy to get the win and get the monkey off my back.
"The expectation has been huge on us but we handled that pretty well - and full credit to the boys as our defence was outstanding; just to concede just one try with all the ball they had was an awesome effort.
"We gave a few penalties away late on and took our foot off the gas but Scotland were never going to lie down and showed how dangerous they are.
"We didn't finish the game the way we wanted but we would have taken the win this morning.
"The front five haven't got a lot of credit over the last 12 months but they were absolutely outstanding.
"This was potentially a huge banana skin for us and we are just glad to get the win.
"It is a short turnaround now before England and that is a massive game - but there's a lot for us to work on."
Gatland sent on six replacements in a three-minute spell just after the hour when Wales were 26-6 up, but later quipped: "Maybe the coach was being a little bit too over-confident making all those changes.
"We lost a bit of momentum but with a six-day turnaround before England I wanted to keep the lads fresh because the pitch took a lot out of the legs."
Try-scoring wing Shane Williams went off with a knock to his foot but Gatland was not unduly concerned. "Hopefully it is just something minor," he added.
Wales will announce their team to face England in Cardiff on Thursday, later than expected, to allow captain Jones and centre Henson, who both have calf strains, as much time as possible to recover.
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