Black Leopards picked up their third win of the Absa Premiership after overcoming Cape Town City 2-1 at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday.
A change apiece heralded the arrival of Joseph Mhlongo for Thobani Mncwango on the side of Leopards. Meanwhile, Thato Mokeke started ahead of Roland Putsche for the Citizens.
Veteran midfielder Robert N’gambi handed the hosts the lead on 18 minutes with a well-taken finish from outside the 18-yard area after latching onto a loose ball.
City hit the accelerator pedal instantaneously and forced goalkeeper Jonas Mendes into an uncomfortable save from a deflected cross-cum shot by Edmilson Dove three minutes to the half-hour mark.
The Citizens made the game’s first change straight after the halftime interval, with Siphelele Mthembu making way for former SuperSport United forward Fagrie Lakay.
The Mother City outfit were back on level terms five minutes later as Surprise Ralani levelled matters with a clinical finish from outside the 18-yard area.
Lakay looked to put his head in the lights when he ran at the defence from an inviting delivery on 55 minutes, but the winger rifled against the side-netting from close proximity.
City shot-stopper Sage Stephens pulled off an incredible save to keep his side in the contest in the final 14 minutes, as Leopards through Mwape Musonda and Lesedi Kapinga looked to regain the lead.
Leopards reclaimed their advantage in the final six minutes when Kapinga beat Stephens in a one-on-one situation following a through ball from Musonda to seal three points for Luc Eymael's side.
Leopards: Mendes, Matlaba, Zulu, Katjiukua, Gyimah, Mokoena, N'ngambi, Phala, Musonda, Mhlongo, Kapinga.
Subs: Muleka, Malama, Andrianarimanana, Abubakar, Ndlovu, Hlongwane, Ngele.
City: Stephens, Mkhize, Fielies, Potouridis Edmilson, Mokeke, Nodada, Erasmus, Ralani, Norodien, Mthembu.
Subs: Anderson, Seedat, Putsche, Kewuti, Lakay, Makola, Abrahams.