In the attached figure, a de-energizing RL circuit is drawn (left switch is opened while right switch is closed). In the drawing the voltage induced in the inductor is put to be negative so that the math works out. However, that would be against Lenz's law, wouldn't it? The inductor should be trying its best to increase the current, not work against it. According to my intuition, the inductor should be "lifting the current" to a higher potential to compensate for the frictional loss in the resistance element. Hmm, but then again, the electrical field is pointing downwards in the inductor which does accelerate the current.. I'm kinda confused here.