England and Leicester flanker Tom Croft admitted to suffering a bout of nerves in the closing minutes of the Tigers' 12-6 Heineken Cup victory over Ospreys at Welford Road.
Fly-half Toby Flood delivered an impressive display in front of watching England coaches John Wells and Mike Ford, booting four penalties before limping off nursing a dead leg.
But the Tigers were forced to withstand sustained late Ospreys pressure before South African Derick Hougaard - Flood’s replacement - cleared the danger with a 50-metre clearance kick.
Croft said: “There was sheer panic at the last scrum. I was just hoping they didn’t come around my side.
“But we kept our discipline superbly, turned over the scrum and then we were all relieved to see Derick clear the ball downfield.”
Nick Abendanon has backed Bath to bounce back from a “heartbreaking” defeat against French giants Toulouse.
Bath led in injury time at Le Stadium following full-back Abendanon’s 77th-minute try, but they were then undone by a sixth David Skrela penalty as Toulouse stole an 18-16 Pool Five win.
Abendanon said: “Not many teams come to Toulouse and give them the runaround.
“It was an awesome effort and we didn’t deserve to lose. We will take the positives because we can be the number one team in this group.
“If we want to be a champion side, then these are the games we have to win.
“It was heartbreaking and we’re all gutted. We came so close - the lads are devastated.”
Scrum-half Michael Claassens also touched down for Bath, who came within seconds of recording arguably their greatest Heineken Cup victory since beating Brive to lift the trophy 10 years ago.