Jamie Vardy scored a 90th-minute winner for Leicester to break Sheffield United hearts and leave them in a perilous position at the bottom of the Premier League table.
The Blades looked set to secure only their second point of the season when Oli McBurnie scored his first of the campaign after Ayoze Perez had given the visitors the lead.
However, the Foxes never looked like wanting to settle for a point in their pursuit of a Champions League spot. With moments of the match remaining, James Maddison fed in Vardy, who scampered clear of the home defence and slotted his shot past Aaron Ramsdale.
The 33-year-old boyhood fan of Blades’ rivals Sheffield Wednesday celebrated by running to the corner flag and snapping it with his boot.
Earlier, Vardy and Maddison both came close with fierce efforts that struck the Blades’ right-hand upright.
Oliver Burke had United’s only other chance of note when he slipped with just Kasper Schmeichel to beat.
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- 13LoweBooked at 38minsSubstituted forOsbornat 45′minutes
- 7LundstramSubstituted forNorwoodat 63′minutes
- 14BurkeSubstituted forBrewsterat 81′minutes
- 28FuchsBooked at 63mins
- 24MendySubstituted forNdidiat 69′minutes
- 17PérezSubstituted forIheanachoat 69′minutes
- 10MaddisonBooked at 90minsSubstituted forPraetat 90+4′minutes
- 9VardyBooked at 90mins
Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Leicester City 2.
Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Leicester City 2.
Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Wesley Fofana.
Substitution, Leicester City. Dennis Praet replaces James Maddison.
James Maddison (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City).
George Baldock (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
VAR Decision: Goal Leicester City – Sheffield United 1-2 Leicester City (Jamie Vardy).
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.
Goal! Sheffield United 1, Leicester City 2. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Maddison with a through ball.
Offside, Sheffield United. Oliver McBurnie tries a through ball, but Rhian Brewster is caught offside.
Foul by Christian Fuchs (Leicester City).
Oliver McBurnie (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sander Berge.
Offside, Sheffield United. Aaron Ramsdale tries a through ball, but Rhian Brewster is caught offside.
Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Kean Bryan (Sheffield United).
Substitution, Sheffield United. Rhian Brewster replaces Oliver Burke.
Offside, Sheffield United. Sander Berge tries a through ball, but Oliver Burke is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Christian Fuchs (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Wilfred Ndidi.