Instead, Ireland international fly-half Ronan O'Gara landed the kick from just inside his own half - and with little room to spare - and the visitors celebrated a 21-19 victory at Welford Road.
"With five minutes to go you think you've won it," said Goode, who came off the bench at half-time to kick two penalties and convert a penalty try.
"We'd done very well to get ourselves back in the game. We said at half-time that there was no need to panic, just go out and play the rugby we wanted to and we did that in the second half. We showed great character to get back into a position where we could take the lead.
"But Ronan O'Gara is a fantastic kicker. He is one of the top kickers in the British Isles and it was an opportunity for him to win the game. At Northampton last week their guys missed a couple of penalties and we won the game, but this time O'Gara took his opportunities and they have won. He has won games like that before too."