The second half opened with a moment of sheer brilliance from Andrew Trimble. Picking up on half-way, the Ireland winger ripped through the Bath defence with electrifying pace, leaving numerous Englishmen in his wake and going over for a superb score. O'Connor's conversion lost its way in the air, but Ulster were a converted try ahead at Bath 7 Ulster 14 on 45 minutes.
Four minutes later, the four-try bonus point began to look a distinct possibility when Simon Danielli surged through and offloaded to Darren Cave, who stepped on the gas and crossed beside the posts for the second score. This time O'Connor converted and stretched the lead to 14 points at Bath 7 Ulster 21.
Little then hit over a 54th-minute penalty to reduce the gap to Bath 10 Ulster 21, and Bath, after an infringement from Trimble on 57 minutes, eschewed a further three points by opting for a line-out five metres from the Ulster line. The danger was averted with an eventual knock-on, but the Englishmen continued to apply pressure in the Ulster half, when circumstances were dictating that the visitors needed to be in control of the ball at the other end of the park.
With Edinburgh now leading 9 - 7 as the two games entered their final quarter, Ulster spent the next 10 minutes soaking up Bath pressure until Danielli snatched possession and had a great chance to set up Jamie Smith for a try-scoring opportunity. Unfortunately the Scot got crowded out before he could supply Smith, and the chance went begging.
Ulster had managed to force their way back into the opposing half, though, and Paddy Wallace brought the bonus point to within touching distance, showing quick feet to go over on 78 minutes after a scrum on the Bath 22. The speedy O'Connor's conversion put the result beyond any doubt at Bath 10 Ulster 28, but time soon ran out and, with Stade eventually going down in Edinburgh by the narrowest of margins, 9 - 7, the Frenchmen's losing bonus point secured them top spot in the Pool on 18 points.
Ulster finished in second place with 17 points, qualification for the Amlin Challenge Cup now depends on the outcome of Sunday's final Pool matches, but notably, this was Ulster's first victory on English soil in the Heineken Cup.
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