The odds are stacked against Wales as Gatland's men have gone eight Tests without a victory. Murrayfield hasn't proved a happy hunting ground either with just three wins since 1985.
"We are going to go up there as slight underdogs, and we've got to thrive on that," said Jones. "We've got to make sure we are bold, brave at times too, and certainly be more clinical.
"If we can get a win, then hopefully we will be back on the right road."
The Ospreys No8 is confident that if Wales bide their time and don't rush things, Wales will break their barren run.
"We've got to take the emotion out of the fact that we haven't won in eight," he added.
"Scotland are not afraid to chuck the ball around. We can't afford to concede yards, because once they get over the gain-line they are very good at keeping the ball and it becomes very difficult to defend.
"We have got to play smart, and we only do that by taking the emotion out of it and playing as a team."
Scotland: H Southwell (Stade Francais); N Walker (Ospreys), J Ansbro (Northampton Saints), N De Luca (Edinburgh), M Evans (Glasgow Warriors); D Parks (Cardiff Blues), R Lawson (Gloucester); A Jacobsen (Edinburgh), R Ford (Edinburgh), E Murray (Northampton Saints), R Gray (Glasgow Warriors), A Kellock (captain, Glasgow Warriors), N Hines (Leinster), K Brown (Saracens), J Barclay (Glasgow Warriors).
Replacements: S Lawson (Gloucester), M Low (Glasgow Warriors), R Vernon (Glasgow Warriors), R Rennie (Edinburgh), M Blair (Edinburgh), R Jackson (Glasgow Warriors), S Lamont (Scarlets).
Wales: L Byrne (Ospreys); M Stoddart (Scarlets), J Roberts (Cardiff Blues), J Davies (Scarlets), S Williams (Ospreys); J Hook (Ospreys), M Phillips (Ospreys); P James (Ospreys), M Rees (Scarlets, capt), C Mitchell (Ospreys), B Davies (Cardiff Blues), A-W Jones (Ospreys), D Lydiate (Newport Gwent Dragons), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues), R Jones (Ospreys).
Replacements: R Hibbard (Ospreys), J Yapp (Cardiff Blues), J Thomas (Ospreys), J Turnbull (Scarlets), T Knoyle (Scarlets), S Jones (Scarlets), R Priestland (Scarlets).