England fly-half Toby Flood maintained his fine run of form by kicking 18 points as Leicester Tigers demolished Bath at Welford Road to dent the visitors' play-off push.
Flood picked up where he left off after notching 24 points against Worcester last week and orchestrated a fine attacking display as Leicester ran in five tries.
Ireland’s Geordan Murphy, England’s Louis Deacon and Italy’s Martin Castrogiovanni returned for the first time since the RBS 6 Nations to give Leicester a boost.
Giant winger Alesana Tuilagi ran in two first-half tries and Geoff Parling, Anthony Allen and a penalty try gave Leicester the bonus point.
Leicester started the game in style with a try after just 26 seconds. Matt Smith stripped the ball from Shontayne Hape and popped the ball to Tuilagi who raced in from half way.
Olly Barkley and Flood exchanged penalties before Tuilagi grabbed his second off the back of a well worked lineout before Joe Maddock responded.
But their hard work was undone when Peter Short was sent to the sin-bin on 34 minutes and Flood knocked over the penalty to stretch the lead to eight points.
Bath were buoyed by another Barkley penalty but Tom Croft sent Parling over just before the break to secure the Tigers a 25-13 lead at half time.
Leicester took their lead to 20 points early in the second half with an Anthony Allen try and a third penalty for Flood.
Bath managed a consolation try through Matt Banahan but Leicester sealed the win with a penalty try after a period of dominant forward play to finish 43-20 ahead.
Meanwhile, England full-back Ben Foden continued to impress as his late try took the game away from Leeds in a 14-7 triumph.
The win keeps Northampton firmly in second place with just four games left to go until the playoffs
Elsewhere Gloucester won a thrilling game at Kingsholm beating third place Saracens 29-28.