Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill hailed both his own side and Worcester after the Tigers escaped Sixways with a 19-14 win on Friday.
The Tigers looked set for disappointment as they trailed going into the final five minutes, but their second penalty try from a 5 metre scrum saw them overhaul their hosts right at the death.
"I think firstly you have to congratulate how well Worcester played in that first half - they just outplayed us. I'd like to make the excuse that we were inaccurate but I don't think I can," he said.
"They were exceptionally good in that first half but our try just before the break gave us that bit of incentive and put the doubt in their minds for the second half.
"I think we started a bit slowly. We knew Worcester would come at us hard physically and obviously Tom Croft hasn't played for months and neither has Steve Mafi for a little while.
"The message we gave at half time was that we'd just scored a try and were back in the game. The bench we had was always going to be good for us with the pitch that soft and the set-pieces."
On the penalty try, the Tigers boss added: "You could re-set it and go again, but our blokes were square and going straight - their blokes were at 45 degrees and going backwards. That's what you pay your money for. You play in France, you go forward and get rewarded.
"It's a pushing contest. It's moved on from 20 years ago when I played when it was a hooking contest. It's a power pushing contest and not anything but that and it's great to see."