THE “SUPER Kev” refrain went on and on at the conclusion, as the 3,200 travelling contingent toasted their former idol now occupying a place in the Leicester dug-out.
After shaking the hands of all on the Sunderland bench, Phillips finally saluted those fans who will forever be remembered fondly in his memory.
This was the sort of game in which Phillips excelled at the pinnacle of his days in red and white – a tight, cagey, scrappy tussle where that one moment of magic proved the difference between one point and three.
A draw – the seventh time in 12 where Sunderland have finished all-square – on the road isn’t the worst result in the world.
While Leicester may struggle to register sufficient goals to remain in the Premier League, the Foxes had a handful of chances which they could – and probably should – have made more of.
But this one has to go down as a missed chance for Sunderland to put a win on the board, particularly considering their next three games are against Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.
At times, particularly the final 20 minutes of the first half, Sunderland were on top, Leicester looked out of puff and the invitation was there for Gus Poyet’s side to push on and get their noses in front.
It took one superb, and another very good, save from Kasper Schmeicel to prevent Steven Fletcher and then Adam Johnson opening the scoring when both did everything right.
But that was the period when Sunderland really needed to make their dominance count and grab the goal which would have flooded the King Power Stadium with disgruntlement.
There were a few moments, a few flashes, during the second half when Sunderland looked like they may forge that clear-cut chance, but it never arrived.
Despite some slick inter-play between the front three of Fletcher, Johnson and Connor Wickham, they couldn’t muster that one opportunity to profit from.
On the flip side though, at least Sunderland showed some defensive resilience in hostile surroundings.
Leicester had thrown two orthodox players up top and with Duracell Bunny striker Jamie Vardy constantly hassling the Sunderland defence, Nigel Pearson clearly had his sights set on putting as much pressure as possible on the Black Cats back four.
But despite a couple of nervy back passes and heavy touches, Sunderland generally defended well.
A first Premier League clean sheet in red and white certainly won’t be lost on Costel Pantilimon.
Poyet was unsure afterwards whether this was a point gained or two lost.
It probably just comes down to whether you’re a glass half-full or half-empty sort of person.
But given the periods of dominance Sunderland enjoyed, it was tough not to be a touch rueful.