Throughout the summer, White and his fellow Tigers have tossed around words like tough and resilient and the scrum-half believes the win over Bath showed the squad are prepared to walk the talk as well.
"We have spoken all pre-season about how we want to be resilient we want to be and how we want to be tough and want to be physical ... we showed a real performance today which is worthy of that," White said.
"We are trying to put the pride back in to the shirt that we didn't do justice to last year."
Leicester's defence has been a talking point for many in recent years and - even a man down - the 21-year-old believes the work put in over the summer to improve the area of the game is beginning to show.
"Even when we went down to 14 men we showed that we are working on our systems ... everyone is working hard," he said.
"We have trained all pre-season and tested ourselves physically, we don't feel tired."
The match doubled as a return to action for Harry Simmons, who had an injury-plagued 2017/18 campaign and his good mate and rival for the Leicester No9 shirt is happy to see him back and says the competition for places in bringing out the best in he and his team-mates.
"We are all pushing each other and striving to be the best," said White.
White's crucial try in the first half not only helped set up a lead at the break, but also allowed the scrum-half to end a 26-match drought with getting over the chalk.
"Hopefully I can start building on that and get a couple more," White added with a smile.