A 59th-minute try from winger John Kelly handed Munster enough of a buffer to see off the challenge of Edinburgh Gunners at Murrayfield on Saturday.
CELTIC LEAGUE: Saturday, January 7
Edinburgh Gunners 17 Munster 18, Murrayfield (Att: 3,525)
Scorers: Edinburgh: Tries: Scott Murray, Marcus Di Rollo; Cons: Chris Paterson 2; Pen: Paterson
Munster: Trevor Halstead, John Kelly; Con: Ronan O'Gara; Pens: O'Gara 2
EDINBURGH: Hugo Southwell; Chris Paterson (capt), Marcus Di Rollo, Peter Jorgensen, Francisco Leonelli Morey; Phil Godman, Mike Blair; Dave Hewett, Dougie Hall, Craig Smith, Alastair Kellock, Scott Murray, Allister Hogg, Simon Cross, Simon Taylor.
Replacements used: Alasdair Dickinson for Smith (2 mins), Craig Smith for Cross (17), Simon Cross for Dickinson (25), Matt Dey for Jorgensen (47), Alan MacDonald for Cross (67), Alasdair Dickinson for Hewett (80+3), Mike Pyke for Southwell (80+5). Not used: Andrew Kelly, David Callam, Rory Lawson.
MUNSTER: Shaun Payne; John Kelly, Barry Murphy, Trevor Halstead, Ian Dowling; Ronan O'Gara, Peter Stringer; Federico Pucciariello, Jerry Flannery, John Hayes, Donncha O'Callaghan, Paul O'Connell (capt), Stephen Keogh, David Wallace, Mick O'Driscoll.
Replacements used: Denis Fogarty for Flannery (49 mins), Eugene McGovern for Hayes (70), Trevor Hogan for O'Driscoll (80+5), Tomas O'Leary for Kelly (80+6). Not used: John O'Connor, Jeremy Manning, Gary Connolly.
Sin Bin: Dave Hewett (Edinburgh) (10 mins), Federico Pucciariello (Munster) (75 mins)
Referee: Hugh Watkins (Wales)