Not since 2014 have Leicester enjoyed a run like this. Not for seven largely barren years has this famous old club experienced such delight.
It explains much: the fervour, the passion, the roar that filled the Welford Road air as the whistle of the referee, Karl Dickson, confirmed a seventh successive Premiership victory, dating back to the end of last season.
“Tigers, Tigers!” rang out around the ground as Leicester again showed that the renaissance under their coach, Steve Borthwick, has genuine substance.
In maintaining their 100% start to the campaign against a title rival courtesy of an exhilarating 49th-minute try from the South African flanker Hanro Liebenberg, brilliantly created by Ben Youngs, the Tigers underlined their self-belief and collective desire.
“I said to the players in the changing room that I was really proud of their efforts,” said Borthwick. “If we had been on the wrong end of the scoreline I would still have been proud of them.
“I thanked them and that’s what we do each day. We have got a lot to get better at but what I’ve got is a bunch of young men who really want to work hard and get better.”
It was not pretty to watch but it was full of guts and courage, and that was enough for Leicester in front of a crowd of nearly 20,000.
There were 16 players among both teams who had been capped by England and another six who had earned international honours for South Africa. Yet much of the first-half fare was uninspiring with precious few try-scoring opportunities, although the physicality was often brutal with a glut of penalties.