The Foxes headed into the game winless in three in the competition, having been beaten by the Clarets in the reverse fixture, as well as Fulham and Brentford. But despite also losing out to Wolverhampton Wanderers in Premier League 2 last time out, the side coached by Ben Petty showed their resilience to come from behind and claim victory in Lancashire.
Following a feisty but goalless first half, in which six yellow cards were shown, the hosts took the lead early on in the second; Lewis Richardson claiming the opener at the County Ground.
Leicester could have crumbled but stood firm and equalised on 69 minutes courtesy of Silko Thomas, who returned to the team after serving his suspension.
The visitors weren't done there and just four minutes later young Logan Briggs popped up with the winner, assisted by fellow substitute Mirsad Ali, to end City's four-game losing streak across all competitions.
It moves the Development Squad onto three points in Group G, and although they remain fourth with two games to play, are now just two behind Brentford in second.
Next up for City's Under-21s is Saturday's trip to face Brighton & Hove Albion back in PL2 - a 4pm GMT kick-off at The Amex Elite Football Performance Centre.
City: Doherty; Wormleighton, Wilson-Brown, Godsmark-Ford, Cover; Cartwright, Raikhy (Joseph 66'), Thomas; Hill (Ali 69'), Richards (Briggs 61'), Pennant.
Unused subs: Young, Grist.
Goals: Thomas 69', Briggs 73'.
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