Leicester hooker Tom Youngs praised his side’s character and resilience after they defeated Northampton 36-31 in the Premiership on Saturday.
The game was Aaron Mauger’s last in charge and his players rose to the occasion in the East Midlands derby win at Franklin’s Gardens.
With Bath losing heavily at Saracens, the Tigers moved to fourth on the domestic table, with the showing pleasing club captain Youngs.
“I don’t think it was the best performance of the season but it was the best character and resilience we have shown,” he told the club’s official website. “It was a massive win for us and it puts a bit of pressure on other teams. It is huge for the confidence of the group too.”
He added on the off-field happenings at the Welford Road outfit last week: “I spoke to the players on Tuesday morning and said Aaron did not want sympathy, he just wanted us to go out and win at Saints and get back into the top four in the table. And that is what we did.
“We can make excuses and sit back and talk about disruption, or we can show resilience and character and how good we can be and send Aaron on his way with a good win. We did that.
“We have a good group of guys, it’s a tight group and you can see that. I’m very proud of the guys, not just the 23 on the pitch but all those involved in training this week.”