Paddon struggled early on the opening day before finding his rhythm late in the day. A power-steering failure saw him drop further back on Saturday but he posted top five times on the final day and collected a power stage bonus point.
"Certainly, it's been a trying weekend," the 29-year-old said. "We always knew it was going to be tough coming here after Monte, and certainly underestimated that challenge.
"So, to get to the finish, I must admit, releases the pressure a little bit.
"I certainly feel a lot more relaxed and more back to normal, if you like, going forward towards to Mexico. To get a few points amongst all our difficulties this weekend at least gets us on the board.
"We know where we can improve. We know can build on the confidence. We've got a good two-day test ahead now to prepare for Mexico and get back onto the gravel. So not all lost, we're just looking forward now.
"A long way to go in the season, 11 rallies. We know where we're missing the speed, so that's what we'll focus on now and make sure we have a good two-day test and develop the car to work for myself a bit better."
1. Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota)
2. Ott Tanak (Ford) +29.2s
3. Sebastien Ogier (Ford) +59.5s
4. Dani Sordo (Hyundai) +2:11.5s
5. Craig Breen (Citroen) +2:51.2s
6. Elfyn Evans (Ford) +5:26.6s
7. Hayden Paddon (Hyundai) +5:31.2s
8. Stephane Lefebvre (Citroen) +7:14.7s