The Wimbledon champion is still on the road to 100% fitness after injury blighted his second half of 2013. Between that and the extreme heat at Melbourne Park, his overall performance in the 6-2 6-2 7-5 success was far from his majestic best - and understandably so.
But while 5-1 down in the third set, Murray leapt out of first gear to offer future opponents in the first Grand Slam of 2014 a warning that the Scot's 'A-game' remains very much a presence in Australia.
Reading about it is one thing, though - check out all 23 concluding points as Murray finishes off the plucky French qualifier to reach the third round. We've even taken the liberty of fast-forwarding all of the non-action between points, too, in a little touch that fans nostalgic for the days when the VCR ruled the land will enjoy.
And, after you've checked out the action above, here's Virginia Wade and Greg Rusedski as they tried to analyse the 'mad' final set in the Eurosport studio: