Scotland continued to play their positive brand of rugby, looking to harry the Irish out of the routine they so often are able to establish at a home stadium which has been practically impregnable in recent years.
One of those, though, came in Dublin in 2010 when Scotland denied Ireland the Triple Crown.
The 109-cap front-rower conceded blaming their late arrival for last year's Scotland defeat was merely an excuse, and admitted that had proved a steep learning curve.
They were deep into Ireland territory and leading 3-0 through Greig Laidlaw's penalty when they offered the hosts the first of several gifts during the afternoon.
Four points are awarded for a Six Nations win with a bonus point added for any side that scores more than four tries in that game.
I think it gives us a 10-point differential on the points table. The record speaks for itself.
Scotland's consolation came in the form of a fine finish by Blair Kinghorn, on his first Test start, but other chances failed to stick and the match slipped away.
"We need to make sure that when we have these experiences that are tough, it goes into our work to improve".
"Ultimately, the teams that do well in this competition have to do well away from home", he said.
"It's something we've looked at". And that is an excuse, because we fought our way back into that game, and took the lead with 15 minutes to go.
"We were obviously very good around the breakdown".
Victory over Joe Scmidt's team would not only kill off doubts over the Scots' capabilities but also fire them right into the Championship mix.
"There are not many, if any, weaknesses in the team and they get the detail and physicality right, so you have to be at your best to win".
"We know if we do we'll be there or thereabouts and everything else takes care of itself".
"We've a lot of big leaders", Best said. If we execute then those outcomes will happen.
Murray and Sexton nearly combined to break through the middle of the Scottish defence and, as the interval approached, they began to scent the opportunity for a second try which would have them firmly in the driver's seat.
"They certainly steer the ship in terms of the way they play".
Rusell, who played a starring role last time out, identified Sexton and Murray as the danger men and said that winning the individual battles would go a long way towards coming out on top.
Centre Peter Horne's pass was careless and Stockdale intercepted before scorching across the acres of empty turf to score under the posts with Johnny Sexton converting.