Sale (9) 16
Tries: Bell Con: Hodgson Pens: Hodgson 2 Drop Goals: Hodgson
Leicester (12) 18
Pens: Staunton 6
Six Jeremy Staunton penalties were enough to ensure Leicester extended their unbeaten run in the Premiership to nine games at the expense of Sale.
Chris Bell's second-half try had edged the Sharks in front but the Tigers fly-half kicked his side to victory.
Staunton had given the visitors an early 6-0 lead and despite Charlie Hodgson's efforts with the boot Leicester led 12-9 at the break.
Sale's only consolation was to finish with a losing bonus point.
The Sharks have now lost 10 matches in the Premiership this season.
Sale: Miller; Brady, Bell, Tonetti, Cohen; Hodgson, Peel; Imiolek, Roberts, Thomas, Jones, Cox, Gaskell, McMillan, Koyamaibole.
Replacements: Tuilagi for Tonetti (73), Croall for Roberts (22), Rouse for Cox (73), Brightwell for McMillan (77). Not Used: McIntyre, Forster, Cliff, Mulchrone.
Leicester: Hamilton; Agulla, M. Tuilagi, Allen, A. Tuilagi; Staunton, Grindal; Ayerza, Chuter, White, Mafi, Croft, Newby, Woods, Waldrom.
Replacements: Skivington for Croft (53). Not Used: Hawkins, Stankovich, Bucknall, Green, Harrison, Hipkiss, Twelvetrees.