Three Scotland stars poised to play a big role in next year's RBS 6 Nations - as well as one past Test stalwart - could not loosen Bath's grip on the top of the English Premiership.
Breakaway forward Scott Gray, prop Euan Murray and winger Sean Lamont all played the full 80 minutes for Northampton but were unable to halt Bath in their tracks as the home side won 25-14 at The Rec.
It was Murray who stole the limelight in the Saints' last match but this time it was the energetic, effervescent Gray who was the stand-out Scot.
Recalled to Frank Hadden's squad after years in the international wilderness, he is now pushing hard for a place in the match-day 22 when the RBS 6 Nations begins in February and has been a tremendous signing for newly-promoted Northampton.
Tom Smith, former Scotland captain and Lions legend, entered the fray in the 68th minute as his career winds down with the club he has served for many years.
Meanwhile, another trio of Scots enjoyed better fortune when Gloucester defeated Bristol 29-10 at the Memorial Stadium.
Alasdair Strockosch, one of Gray's back-row rivals, played the full match, while scrum-half Rory Lawson was withdrawn after 51 minutes in favour of Dave Lewis.
Alasdair Dickinson, Scotland's reserve prop, was introduced by coach Dean Ryan late on as the Cherry and Whites strolled to victory.