Angelo Miguel Vitor and Andy King scored a goal apiece to earn Leicester victory over Barnsley.
The visitors were completely dominant in the opening half and Vitor scored his first goal for the club when he headed in Martyn Waghorn's free-kick.
King had an effort ruled out for offside before Barnsley's Nathan Doyle hit the bar with a piledriver.
With only four minutes left, King sealed the points when he slid home from close range.
The result meant Sven-Goran Eriksson's side leapfrogged their Yorkshire opponents, who were left only two points above the drop zone.
Darius Vassell made his Leicester debut at the expense of Matty Fryatt but the former England forward did not make a huge impact.
Despite that, they started strongly as Waghorn turned smartly before drawing a decent save from Tykes goalkeeper Luke Steele.
In the 17th minute Barnsley midfielder Hugo Colace was lucky to escape with just a warning following a rash two-footed challenge on Kyle Naughton, but his side were punished as Waghorn flighted in the free-kick 40 yards from goal and Portuguese defender Vitor was left unmarked to glance home.
King had the ball in the Barnsley net after 25 minutes from another well-worked free-kick, but his effort was chalked out for offside.
But Barnsley continued to struggle with Leicester's set-pieces and Curtis Davies' deflected shot from Waghorn's corner thumped the outside of the post.
A sweeping move involving Yuki Abe and King almost gave Leicester a second on the stroke of half-time, but Steele was again on hand to thwart Waghorn.
With an hour gone, Leicester goalkeeper Chris Weale was finally called into action, holding Jim O'Brien's low drive, but he could only watch in the 65th minute when Doyle's rasping 30-yard effort cannoned down off the crossbar.
It was the closest Barnsley came to a goal and King sealed the points for Leicester with four minutes remaining, sliding home from close range after Paul Gallagher broke down the right.
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Saturday, 6 November 2010
Miguel Vitor 18
02 Hassell yellow card
22 Potter yellow card (Neumann 74)
09 Hayes (Doyle 30)
39 Wood (Gray 30)
05 Miguel Vitor
32 Cunningham yellow card
07 Gallagher (Moussa 86)
14 Waghorn yellow card (Howard 81)
37 Vassell (Dyer 62)
Ref: SwarbrickAtt: 12,360
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+4:04 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
90:00+3:17 Unfair challenge on Richie Wellens by Hugo Colace results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Richie Wellens.
90:00+2:17 Nathan Doyle challenges Andy King unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kyle Naughton has a direct shot on goal from the free
kick, blocked by Jason Shackell.
88:05 Corner taken short by Lloyd Dyer, Jason Shackell manages to make a clearance.
87:19 Steve Howard challenges Jason Shackell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Luke Steele.
85:45 Substitution Franck Moussa is brought on as a substitute for Paul Gallagher.
84:44 Assist by Paul Gallagher.
84:44 GOAL - Andy King:Barnsley 0 - 2 Leicester Andy King gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Barnsley 0-2 Leicester.
83:58 Shot by Steve Howard from 20 yards. Save by Luke Steele.
83:23 Steve Howard is ruled offside. Luke Steele takes the free kick.
82:45 Hugo Colace concedes a free kick for a foul on Angelo Miguel Vitor. Chris Weale takes the direct free kick.
82:30 Jim O'Brien produces a drilled left-footed shot from 20 yards. Angelo Miguel Vitor gets a block in.
82:11 Unfair challenge on Jacob Butterfield by Steve Howard results in a free kick. Nathan Doyle restarts play with the free kick.
80:56 Corner taken by Paul Gallagher from the left by-line, Nathan Doyle manages to make a clearance.
80:56 Substitution Steve Howard joins the action as a substitute, replacing Martyn Waghorn.
77:43 Adam Hammill fouled by Yuki Abe, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Adam Hammill,
blocked by Hugo Colace.
74:36 The offside flag is raised against Andy Gray. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.
74:26 The ball is crossed by Adam Hammill, clearance made by Curtis Davies.
73:06 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jim O'Brien. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.
73:06 Substitution Luke Potter goes off and Jeronimo Morales Neumann comes on.
70:25 Lloyd Dyer fouled by Luke Potter, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Martyn Waghorn.
70:25 Booking Luke Potter is shown a yellow card.
69:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Shackell on Lloyd Dyer. Chris Weale takes the direct free kick.
65:37 Unfair challenge on Jim O'Brien by Greg Cunningham results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Bobby Hassell.
65:37 Booking Greg Cunningham is booked.
63:53 Shot by Nathan Doyle. The referee blows for offside against Andy Gray. Chris Weale takes the free kick.
61:15 Darius Vassell produces a cross, Bobby Hassell makes a clearance. Corner from left by-line taken by Paul Gallagher.
61:15 Substitution Lloyd Dyer joins the action as a substitute, replacing Darius Vassell.
60:01 Jim O'Brien takes a shot. Save made by Chris Weale.
58:53 Nathan Doyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy King. Direct free kick taken by Curtis Davies.
51:41 Nathan Doyle challenges Andy King unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Angelo Miguel Vitor.
48:05 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Martyn Waghorn, clearance by Luke Potter. Corner taken right-footed by Paul
Gallagher from the left by-line, Luke Steele makes a save.
47:46 Kyle Naughton sends in a cross, clearance by Stephen Foster.
45:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Gray on Angelo Miguel Vitor. Direct free kick taken by Greg Cunningham.
45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
45:00+2:24 It is the end of the first-half.
45:00+1:53 Corner taken left-footed by Martyn Waghorn from the right by-line to the near post, Nathan Doyle manages to make a clearance.
45:00+1:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darius Vassell by Hugo Colace. Free kick taken by Kyle Naughton.
45:00+0:39 Drilled left-footed shot by Martyn Waghorn. Save made by Luke Steele. Free kick taken by Bobby Hassell.
43:31 Martyn Waghorn is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Luke Steele restarts play with the free kick.
42:28 Andy Gray is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.
42:10 The ball is sent over by Bobby Hassell, clearance by Kyle Naughton.
41:25 Shot from just outside the area by Paul Gallagher goes over the bar.
38:36 Jim O'Brien is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Weale takes the indirect free kick.
36:01 Effort from the edge of the area by Bobby Hassell goes wide of the right-hand post.
34:57 The assistant referee flags for offside against Martyn Waghorn. Luke Steele takes the free kick.
34:57 Booking Martyn Waghorn is booked.
33:32 Nathan Doyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy King. Paul Gallagher crosses the ball in from the free
kick, Jason Shackell makes a clearance.
32:16 Paul Gallagher takes the inswinging corner, Shot by Curtis Davies. Blocked by Stephen Foster. Paul Gallagher decides to take
the corner short.
31:12 Paul Gallagher takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Hugo Colace makes a clearance.
28:21 Bobby Hassell challenges Greg Cunningham unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Paul
Gallagher from left channel, clearance made by Bobby Hassell.
28:21 Substitution Paul Hayes leaves the field to be replaced by Nathan Doyle.
28:21 Substitution Andy Gray joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Wood.
28:21 Booking Bobby Hassell goes into the referee's book.
26:45 Martyn Waghorn concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Shackell. Luke Potter takes the free kick.
25:47 Shot by Martyn Waghorn. Luke Steele makes a save.
24:55 Stephen Foster concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy King. Paul Gallagher crosses the ball in from the free kick, Bobby
Hassell makes a clearance.
24:25 The ball is crossed by Darius Vassell, Martyn Waghorn takes a shot. Save by Luke Steele.
23:58 The referee blows for offside against Andy King. Indirect free kick taken by Luke Steele.
22:31 Unfair challenge on Martyn Waghorn by Stephen Foster results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Paul
21:29 Andy King fouled by Hugo Colace, the ref awards a free kick. Richie Wellens takes the direct free kick.
17:01 GOAL - Angelo Miguel Vitor:Barnsley 0 - 1 Leicester Angelo Miguel Vitor finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Barnsley 0-1 Leicester.
16:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Hugo Colace on Kyle Naughton. Martyn Waghorn produces a cross,
14:35 The ball is swung over by Jim O'Brien, clearance by Curtis Davies.
12:52 Foul by Darius Vassell on Jacob Butterfield, free kick awarded. Luke Steele takes the free kick.
9:45 The offside flag is raised against Chris Wood. Chris Weale takes the indirect free kick.
9:20 The referee blows for offside against Darius Vassell. Free kick taken by Jason Shackell.
7:45 Stephen Foster gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martyn Waghorn. Richie Wellens restarts play with the free
6:22 Martyn Waghorn takes a shot from 12 yards. Luke Steele makes a save. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Martyn Waghorn.
2:51 Richie Wellens challenges Paul Hayes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jacob Butterfield takes the free kick.
0:06 Unfair challenge on Richie Wellens by Hugo Colace results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Weale.
0:00 The referee gets the match started.
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