Mike Ruddock paid tribute to his Wales side after they came from 15-6 down to beat France 24-18 in the Six Nations.
"After going two tries down in 12 minutes we had to show character," said the national team coach.
"I didn't have to tell them anything at half-time because those players have stared down the barrel of a gun before.
"They decided they didn't want to do that again and came out fighting. It was a great team effort and we showed great character to come back."
Man-of-the-match Stephen Jones, who kicked three penalties, a drop goal and conversion, was ecstatic following after the win at Stade de France.
"It's just a special moment. Two years ago we didn't win a single game in the Six Nations. But we're a very happy camp now," he said.
"We worked hard as a squad and I'm a proud Welshman. We've got hard matches to come, so we're just happy with the start."
Double try scorer Martyn Williams was keen not to talk about a possible Grand Slam for Wales.
"We've got more self-belief these days. Two or three years ago we might have collapsed after going behind so early.
"There's no mention of a Grand Slam among the players. We've got a tough game against Scotland at Murrayfield. They could bring us crashing down to earth."