Stade Francais' Scottish international Simon Taylor admitted his side breathed a collective sigh of relief at the final whistle of their 12-6 win over Cardiff Blues in Pool 3.
The French champions were pushed all the way by Dai Young's troops and heroically defended their line in the final stages to secure the win and keep their Heineken Cup campaign on course.
Taylor said: ''Last week's performance in the Top 14 wasn't great so there was a lot of pressure on us today. These European games are always massive and you can't afford to lose at home so to get the result is a great relief.
''Neither team dominated territory or possession in the first half so were happy to come in 9-3 up and at the end we hung on by our finger nails with a little bit of help from the weather.
''We'll go to Cardiff next week and, with Wales usually being a dryer place than Paris, we'll hope to score a few tries. We've looked at Cardiff and seen the way they like to play and they're capable of scoring some good tries to too.''
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