Ellis, who hadnt appeared in Tigers colours since sustaining a knee injury in last seasons Guinness Premiership semi-final clash with Bristol, came off the bench to play the last quarter of a hard-fought 34-21 win.
Im really pleased to be back playing, said Ellis. Its been a long old road and Im delighted to be back. Theres been a lot of hard work put in by the conditioning guys, by Julie Hayton, Jackie Limna, Ollie Richardson and the surgeon Tim Green, and everyone at the club has been brilliant. I feel really fresh, sharp and strong and thats all credit to the conditioning guys at the club.
During his time out injured, Ellis has had to watch his team-mates begin a brand new season, as well as competing in both the Guinness Premiership and Heineken Cup finals in 2006/07, but he has done his best to simply concentrate on his own recovery.
Each weekend, when the guys have been playing, Ive been training. I have followed them, but Ive just been concentrating on my fitness and what I need to do. Its been really well managed and Im very happy with the way its gone. Ive been chomping at the bit for the last month or so but Ive learnt to be patient and I think thats the biggest thing.
"Ive been knuckling down and getting some more good gym work in, as well as skills work with Jamie Hamilton. Other guys have proved that you can come back from this type of injury and play well, and Ive looked to do that all the way through. It now feels better than ever and that can only be a good thing.
Ellis received a rapturous welcome from a 17,000-strong crowd when he made his way on to the pitch at the weekend and he admits that running out at his home ground is a feeling he has sorely missed.
The reception was lovely. Im from Leicester and all Ive wanted to do is play for the club. The crowd were brilliant and I really appreciated that. Its been 10 months since Ive played and Id lost the feeling of what its like to run out at Welford Road so, to get back on was amazing. Its something Ive always wanted to do since I was a youngster and its one of the greatest feelings Ive ever had.
Despite the obvious buzz of playing again, Ellis wont be allowing his emotions to get the better of him. The 25-year-old England international will be taking things one step at a time as he continues to put in the hard work required to push for a regular place in the Tigers matchday 22.
Ill just keep my head down and keep working hard because thats what I always try to do. All three scum-halves at the club have been playing really well, so I know I have to keep working hard if I want to get more game time. Im pleased to have got 20 minutes under my belt but I still need to work hard on the conditioning front because its been a long time since Ive played regularly.
"Theres no point looking too far ahead. I just want to get back playing consistently and take things from there.