England fly-half George Ford kicked 16 points as Leicester eased to victory over struggling Newcastle at Welford Road.
Hanro Liebenberg and Charlie Clare scored tries as the Tigers climbed to seventh in the Gallagher Premiership table, three points off a Heineken Champions Cup place.
Ford – back in action for the first time since the Six Nations – struck three first-half penalties to help put the hosts into a 16-0 lead at the break.
George Ford kicked 16 points as Leicester Tigers recorded their third win in four in March
They weathered losing Jasper Wiese and George Martin to the sin bin in the second half, as the insipid Falcons slumped to a sixth defeat in seven games, Sam Stuart’s consolation try proving too little too late.
Leicester head coach Steve Borthwick said: ‘We’re pleased with the win. It’s always a challenge when international players come back. Credit to them for picking up the system after two months away.’
Charlie Clare drove over for the hosts’ final try as they weathered losing two men to the sin bin