Jamie George, now seemingly established as first-choice hooker even if and when Dylan Hartley regains fitness, agreed, saying that there was a "night and day" difference to the squad a year on from the Murrayfield defeat. "We lost against Wales but how quickly we bounced back is incredible really". 'We went punting in Oxford last week.
"We're in a much better place now".
'In certain games it's massively important, when maybe you're not getting fast ruck ball and the only way to get through the line is by smashing through it, added the former Wallaby and Japan boss.
"It's always a huge game against Scotland". We can't go down there feeling sorry for ourselves and let them take advantage of our vulnerability.
"It's critical to get the win and we'll need to produce a whole 80-minute performance".
Tuilagi was a marauding presence until his exit in the final quarter and it was fitting that he followed up his first Test try for five years - his last was also against Italy - with a second soon after the interval.
"Every game against Scotland has extra on it", said Jones after his side scored eight tries in a 57-14 rout of Italy as a morale-lifting response to the loss in Wales a fortnight ago.
Aside from their resilience and occasional spells of effective rugby, there was little for them to salvage from their visit to London and the calls for a play-off for Six Nations relegation to be introduced will only grow louder.
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"The focus for us was to put some pressure on Wales and I thought we did that against Italy".
Joe Cokanasiga was named England's man of the match against the Italians, although the giant Bath wing modestly attempted to present his medal to two-try centre Manu Tuilagi.
"The bloke's a freak isn't he?"
"As long as he does it well we don't see any sort of issue with it", said the current England coach. "He's been fantastic. He's a young talent who is only going to get better and that's a scary thought".
England's head coach later admitted it was no longer safe for him to travel by public transport and felt pre-match comments from Gavin Hastings, who said Scotland would love nothing more than "to rub Eddie Jones's face in the dirt", contributed to the fans' disgraceful behaviour.
The Azzurri have now not won a game since 2015 and sit 14th in the current world rankings whilst Georgia, who have been making a strong case to be included in the Six Nations, are ranked 12th.