England head coach Stuart Lancaster was disappointed with the 23-15 scoreline but content with his side's dominance of Scotland on Saturday.
Tries from Jonathan Joseph, George Ford and Jack Nowell saw the English move to the top of the standings on points difference with one game to play.
But there was more than a feeling England could have turned the screw against their visitors, and thus improved on their points cushion at the summit.
"It is about composure, execution and patience. The players know that. That said, I haven't seen many teams pull Scotland apart in this championship like we've done. They've lost three games before us but all by very narrow margins," said Lancaster after the Twickenham win.
"We scored six tries against Italy and scored three tries today – we should have scored six in this game.
"So there are positives but ultimately we know we need to be better if we're going to beat France and win the championship."
Wales travel to Italy first up next Saturday before Scotland host Ireland and then England round off the tournament with 2015's final fixture, which is arguably a positive to their hopes as they will know the size of their task before kick-off.
"It's definitely better than the situation we were in last year," added Lancaster.
"We had to sit and watch the last game, which was frustrating. To understand what you need to do in the final game is important.
"But we'll be warming up as one game's finishing, and if you start concentrating too much on that score or what you've got to do in terms of points difference you'll lose the game. You've got to win the game first."