Three-try England did enough to beat a physical Samoa at Twickenham, ending a five-game losing run and giving coach Stuart Lancaster food for thought ahead of next week's tougher test against Australia.
Winger Jonny May scored two tries with Mike Brown also crossing the line as England showed some flashes of brilliance, with 21-year-old flyhalf George Ford, in his first start, behind most of them.
The forwards were as impressive as ever, particularly man of the match Chris Robshaw, the captain's tally of 21 tackles being almost double any of his team mates.
"It feels good, it's been a long time," said Lancaster after seeing his side's first win since the Six Nations. "There are still areas to improve on but there were some real positives, particularly George Ford and Anthony Watson, two young players who did well."
England, sporting a new kit of red shirts and black shorts, seemed unsure what tactics to use in in a game scheduled for the evening as a dress rehearsal for the World Cup.
Their pack was on top from the start but, desperate to inject some backline pace into their game after two disappointing weeks in that department, they too often rushed their passes.
The Samoans had threatened to boycott the match in a desperate bid to bring their union to the table to address a host of concerns and England's players showed their appreciation and solidarity by joining their traditional post-match prayer.
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