Manchester United star Patrice Evra gave his fellow countryman an inspirational speech during the interval of their encounter with Belarus.
Les Bleus went into half-time 1-0 down but managed to claw back their deficit before comfortably winning the match 4-2.
And it seems much of the credit for the win should go to Evra as the left-back rallied his teammates onto victory, according to Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery.
Ribery, speaking to reporters, said of France's victory and Evra's speech: "It was a victory for everyone. It was for us and it was for the fans.
"The match was a little weird, especially after the first half. But then Pat [Evra] gave a real speech at half-time and that was good for everyone."
Evra, who is also seen as an influential figure in Manchester United's dressing-room, was an unused substitute in the Group I encounter.
The 32-year-old did however play in France's goalless draw with Georgia on Friday but his main competitor for the left-back slot - Gael Clichy - was given the nod.
The win means Didier Deschamps' side are level on points with World Cup holders Spain - having played one game more than their European counterparts.