It may have been a loss on paper, but for the Bath Rugby pack this will have felt like a moral victory.
Much-criticised over the opening weeks of the Aviva Premiership, the Bath forwards fronted up superbly at Welford Road against a Leicester Tigers pack that tore them to pieces twice here last season.
This is Bath
Bath Rugby head coach Steve Meehan lauded his players' application and tactics after watching them come close to causing an upset at Welford Road.
This is Bath - Meehan
BBC - Cockerill
"Tough game tonight! Gutsy performance by the boys. Leicester are a great side and it was a brutal battle out there! So close. Next time ; )
Thanks to all the Bath supporters that made the journey! The team really appreciates it. For those who couldn't make it.. Thanks anyway!"
Luke Watson (twitter)
"Close game but the boys (especially the forwards) did an awesome job. Still looking for that infamous win at Welford road."
Nick Abendanon (Twitter)