Let x(j) be the expected reward accumulated up to hitting an absorbing set in a Markov chain, starting from state j. Suppose the transition probabilities and the one-step reward function depend on a parameter, and denote by y(j) the derivative of x(j) with respect to that parameter. We estimate y(0) starting from the respective Poisson equations that x = [x(0),x(l), . . . ] and y = [y(0),y(l), . . . ] satisfy. Relative to a likelihood-ratio-method (LRM) estimator, our estimator generally has (much) smaller variance; in a certain sense, it is a conditional expectation of that estimator given x. Unlike LRM, however, we have to estimate certain components of x. Our method has broader scope than LRM: we can estimate sensitivity to opening arcs.