Wales coach Warren Gatland lauded his side for continuing to trust each other in their 19-10 win over France in the Six Nations.
Dan Biggar contributed 14 points with the boot and George North crossed for Wales' only try at the Principality Stadium on Friday.
Gatland praised his team for remaining patient as they moved top of the Six Nations table.
"It was a tough game, a really tough Test match," he said.
"We spoke at half-time about keeping patient, keeping our composure and we would get opportunities.
"Defensively the things we had worked on, slowing their offload game down worked, it was pretty good for us.
"We trusted the system and trusted each other and from a coaches point of view that's pleasing. This victory gives us a lot to play for."
Wales were cruising before Guilhem Guirado went over for a late consolation try for France.
Captain Sam Warburton was left upset that Wales had given up another late try, having done the same in their narrow win over Scotland last time out.
"We didn't want to give away a try in the last 10 minutes like we did against Scotland," he said.
"But we did so that is disappointing and changes the scoreline quite a bit."