Cian Healy's successful appeal against the timing of his three-week ban means Ireland finally had something to celebrate after a miserable fortnight - but the prop can count himself fortunate at the leniency of the ban.
The Leinster man had been cited for a stamp on Dan Cole during a ruck in England's 12-6 win at the Aviva Stadium, with referee Jerome Garces failing to produce a yellow or red card.
Healy was hauled in front of the tournament's disciplinary committee in London after being reported to the citing commissioner Alberto Recaldini of Italy.
The 25-year-old was initially banned for three weeks and the suspension was delayed for a week to ensure he missed at least two Six Nations clashes, but after Wednesday's hearing, Healy will now be available for les Bleus clash.
It's fair to say this has been something of a silver lining for Ireland after the conditions worked against Declan Kidney's men in their 12-6 loss to England, while they were guilty of profligacy at Murrayfield.
After being banned for three weeks, Healy missed Leinster's victory against Zebre - a game which he was always unlikely to feature in - and Ireland's 12-8 defeat by Scotland last Sunday.
It was a dangerous stamp from a player who has a relatively clean disciplinary record, just five yellow cards at club and international level - perhaps it was inspired by facing England's hothead Dylan Harley.
But effectively, Healy's indiscretion has earned him a paltry one-match ban despite being banned for three weeks. Surely the IRB should look at introducing bans which focus on games and not a time period?
However, from an Irish perspective, it's a much-needed boost ahead of France's trip to Lansdowne Road, with victory imperative to restore confidence in the Kidney's camp following successive losses.
While France have struggled, like Ireland, in this competition so far, Philippe Saint-Andre will have been encouraged by his scrum's performance in a 23-13 victory over England at Twickenham.
Led by Thomas Domingo, France's master scrummager, les Bleus were vastly superior against Stuart Lancaster's scrum before Saint-Andre's bizarre substitutions saw Domingo replaced and the Red Rose gain the upper hand.
Healy was missed against Scotland as Tom Court stepped into the void, while the Ulster prop's second-half replacement David Kilcoyne conceded a penalty which led to three points for the home side.
Ironically, Healy's British and Irish Lions chances were probably also handed a boost by not being associated with a torrid result.
Kidney will hope Healy's return can help Ireland claim an advantage at the scrum and lay down a platform from which an Irish victory can be built.