But it was the Engllish side who won the forward battle, and with that the match, and in the process secured a home draw in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals.
Tigers skipper Martin Corry said: "All we wanted was the result, and it was about standing up on the night.
"It wasn't the prettiest game, but everyone stood up and we're starting to get a huge amount of belief. You saw that with the way we started and the way we finished.
"We work incredibly hard on our set-pieces - it doesn't come easy. Credit to the scrum - we kept turning them over. It was important we started into the wind - we had to lay a platform.
Tigers lock and Heineken man of the match Louis Deacon added: "We just had to dig in in that first half. To get the breakaway try helped massively, but we knew we had to produce the goods in the second half.
"It's an amazing feeling - we're the first team to win at Thomond Park in this competition. It's incredible - we're going out as a team to enjoy tonight."
Munster coach Declan Kidney added: "They fully deserved the win. They scored two tries and we didn't score any.
"We made it too difficult for ourselves early in the match. Leicester produced their top game on the night and today it just wasn't meant to be.
"This has been a big wake-up call for us, and our job is to pick ourselves up for the quarter-finals after the Six Nations.
"It hurts to lose our home record, but that's sport. You have your good days and your bad days."
Munster skipper Paul O'Connell said: "We got off to a bad start and that cost us. They played a very good, very clever game. Their scrum was excellent and we didn't lose it - Leicester won it.
"We thought we had what it took, but it was just a disappointing night. Records are made to be broken and we'll see what we're made of now.
"It's disappointing but we're still in the competition."