Shane Williams and Nikki Walker (thumb) found the Tigers defence difficult to penetrate
Ospreys coach Sean Holley described his side's 12-9 defeat at Welford Road as "a smash and grab raid gone missing".
Having held on by their fingernails in the first-half, the Ospreys got to within one score of victory in the second as James Hook added a penalty to Shane Williams' earlier drop goal.
Then came the defining moment of the game with the Ospreys being awarded a penalty at the foot of the home posts.
Ryan Jones ordered a scrum, but it was the Tigers who came up with the ball and cleared their lines to snuff out the match-losing threat.
"We let a real chance go begging in the end, but I'm still very proud of the players. They showed great character to hang in there right to the end," said Holley.
"It was a smash and grab raid gone missing. But we have the consolation of a losing bonus point and we are still right in this Pool and fighting.
"It is a measure of how far we have come as a team that a packed house at Welford Road, and all the Leicester Tigers players, were so happy with a 12-6 victory. We have come here in the past and been blown away in the second half, but I thought our tactical substitutions worked well for us this time and we were right in their fighting to the end.
"We need to be a bit more clinical and we need to learn from this game and improve before we meet Perpignan next weekend. But overall I'm quietly pleased."
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.