Despite an overall disappointing performance London Irish were able to score 15 unanswered second half points to record a 21-17 win over Bath at the Recreation Ground on Saturday afternoon.
Early on Chris Malone had kicked three penalties for Bath and opposite number Barry Everitt two before Bath finally conjured up a try just before the break.
David Bory collected a kick from Irish scrum-half Paul Hodgson and Nick Walshe broke down the touchline, finding Feau’nati in support for the try.
Malone was wide with the conversion but Bath were reasonably happy with a 14-6 interval lead.
Carrying on in the same positive mood after the break the home side nearly finished off a break by Shaun Berne but had to be content with a fourth penalty by Malone.
Irish lost a third player to the sin-bin when second row Bob Casey was penalised for stamping – just four minutes after coming on as a replacement – but Bath also saw David Barnes yellow carded for a professional foul.
That allowed Everitt to make it 17-9 with his third penalty and the visitors began to find their rhythm.
And they finally made the extra man tell when replacement hooker Robbie Russell was driven over from a line-out in the 70th minute with Everitt adding the conversion to leave them just one point adrift.
With four minutes remaining they took the lead for the first time in the match when Juan Leguizamon crashed over for the decisive try.