Leicester Tigers were defeated narrowly, 18-19, by Northampton Saints at Mattioli Woods Welford Road in Round 16 of the 2022/23 Gallagher Premiership season.
In a match that saw the lead change hands on four occasions, Leicester scored two tries to Northampton's one but were out-booted as George Furbank kicked 14 points from the tee to help see his side home.
Despite both sides missing a host of England internationals, Mattioli Woods Welford Road welcomed a sell-out crowd of 25,849 for the 251st East Midlands Derby in the first league fixture Tigers HQ in five weeks and a match that doubled as a farewell to Freddie Burns in his 115th and final appearance for the club.
A high tackle in the second minute on Harry Potter from Northampton full-back James Ramm saw the visitors down a man for the next 10 minutes, which the home side capitalised on when Potter crossed out wide for his first of the match.
Handré Pollard's touchline conversion saw Leicester out to a 7-0 lead after as many minutes before Furbank's first penalty cut the deficit for Northampton to four in the 12th minute.
Pollard put the home side back out to a seven-point lead approaching the 20 minute mark before back-to-back successful penalty-goal attempts from Furbank made it a one-point lead for the home side, 10-9, at the break.
Tommy Reffell was replaced at half-time by Olly Cracknell after suffering a knock in the first 40 minutes and Tigers were dealt a blow of their own in the opening 90 seconds of the second-half when Furbank's fourth and final penalty put Northampton in the lead.
Friendly fire between Tigers teammates saw Pollard taken off for a HIA in the 45th minute, to be replaced by Harry Simmons, which the fly-half failed.
However, the home side got themselves back in the lead when Potter crossed for his second sixty seconds after losing their fly-half.
Burns was unable to add the extras from out wide which meant Leicester's lead was only three points, 15-12, with just over half an hour remaining.
The lead was short-lived when a break down the right wing from Northampton was finished by Ollie Sleightholme and converted by Furbank, taking the visitors out to a four-point, 15-19, lead.
Burns added three on the hour mark to make it a one-point game, 18-19, where it remained.