DAVIDE SOMMA'S fourth goal in as many league games was enough to bring Leeds United only their second win of 2011.
The South African international struck 11 minutes into the second half to settle an absorbing game in which both sides created a host of chances.
It meant a welcome return to winning ways for Leeds, whose only other victory since the turn of the year had come against Scunthorpe United in mid-January.
The vital breakthrough came courtesy of a wonderful flowing that was started by some sublime play from Robert Snodgrass in the centre-circle.
After flicking the ball over three Coventry players, the Scot spread play to Max Gradel on the left.
The Ivory-Coast wideman then repeated his trick of the first half by skipping past Jordan Clarke before looking up and picking out Jonny Howson, who rolled the ball back across goal for Somma to slam past Keiren Westwood.
Coventry had an excellent chance to equalise on the hour when the ball fell to Lucas Jutkiewicz, who after turning neatly could only fire over.
Aaron Gunnarsson then shot wide from six yards after being picked out by Clive Platt, who then saw a goalbound shot deflected over by Alex Bruce in a pulsating finale.
"He's done brilliant to be fair," manager Simon Grayson said. "We sent him out on loan last season, he started this season with a bang and then he was out of the team because of the formation we were playing, but he's scored whenever he's come off the bench.
"He's still got a lot more work to do with his overall play, but he's certainly got that one thing that a striker lives off and that's knowing where the back of the net is."
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