Ingwe, under Argentine Rodolfo Zapata, needed a quick fix following their 3-0 defeat to Kakamega Homeboyz last weekend. The first five minutes were literally hot for both sides, with the ball flying from one end to another.
Sony could have taken a second minute lead following the confusion between Abdala Salim and his goalkeeper, but they were lucky to see the ball go out for corner that was unfruitful.
Immediate response by the hosts was needed and it came in the third minute when Brian Marita found himself with acres of space, and his fierce shot was put out for corner by John Waw.
Defensive blunder gave Tobias Otieno possession just outside the eighteen yard box, but his effort flew wide off the mark with Ezekiel Owade desperate to lay his hands on the ball.
Leopards' best chance came in the 28th minute when a good ball was played to Ezekiel Odera, who took his time to set Whyvonne Isuza, but with the net in front of him, the midfielder uncharacteristically failed to hit the back of the net, directing the ball to the thankful Waw.
That was the only meaningful piece of action in the first half as teams headed for the break with nothing to separate them.
Twelve times league champions Ingwe came back stronger after the break, with substitute Alex Arofomol bringing in the much needed urgency for his side.
In the 50th minute, the hosts won a free kick on the edge of the eighteen yard box, and Isaac Oduro took it, but his effort missed the target by inches. It mattered less as Ingwe took the lead a few minutes later.
A corner was brought in and the unmarked Shittu rose highest to head home the opener, much to the relief of hundreds of fans, who turned out to support the team.
From that point onward, everything good was in favour of Ingwe, as Sony was reduced to pedestrians on the pitch. They had a couple of chances though, but Enock Agwanda and Fredrick Onyango could not take them.
The cross bar and the goalkeeper denied Oduro and Orotomang respectively as the inspired Ingwe looked for that second goal in vain. All in all, three points were in the bag and Rodolfo could afford a smile.