Two late tries from winger James Short helped the Chiefs come from behind to beat Bath 17-11 at the Rec.Bath had led 11-0 at half time thanks to a Semesa Rokoduguni try and two penalties by fly-half George Ford but the visitors produced a much better display after the interval.
A Gareth Steenson penalty on the hour brought Exeter back into the match before Short scored two tries in the last nine minutes as the Chiefs moved up to third in the Aviva Premiership table.
Baxter said afterwards: “I thought Bath were very good for 50 minutes of the game and controlled most areas.
“Their energy, enthusiasm and competiveness was at a level above ours.
“That was all we talked about at half time. We didn’t really talk about technique or any tactical switches, we just said ‘come on, we’re not showing the attitude that’s required to win a game of top four Premiership rugby’. That was the biggest shift we made.
“They stepped up attitude-wise, but they are going to get some questions asked on Monday as to why it took to 40 minutes for that to surface.”
Exeter are 9/1 to win the Aviva Premiership Grand Final this season while Bath can be backed at 9/1 and Saracens at 8/11.