"In the first half we showed what a really good rugby team we are with the ball in hand," said Quins supremo Conor O'Shea.
"In the second half we showed the heart you need to play and there were a lot of boys playing out of position, chucking their bodies on the line with a never-say-die attitude.
"It's only game four out of 22. Once you've won, it's game five and it's Saracens. It doesn't get any easier, does it?
Sale eyes were on the Madejski Stadium, Reading, where London Irish won for the first time this season, not only lifting themselves off the foot of the table but despatching the Sharks into twelfth spot. A crowd of 7,324 saw the home side beat Bath 29-22. Steven Shingler and Olly Barkley kicked five penalties apiece. Tryscorers for Irish were Aulika and Joseph, with Kyle Eastmond crossing the whitewash for Bath, who meet Sale Sharks at The Rec next Saturday.
Freddie Burns got Gloucester back into the winning Kingsholm habit against the Wasps. The fly half contributed nineteen points towards a 29-22 win. Cherries Director of Rugby Nigel Davies commented, "Wasps are a very good attacking team with a lot of quality, but I am a little disappointed we let them back into the game. We are building and that was a step forward today as far as I am concerned."
At Franklins Gardens, Worcester gained two bonus points in a 37-31 defeat. That makes it four out of four for Northampton Saints, who outscored Dean Schofield's men by five tries to four. Among the five were two more for Luther Burrell. Worcester boss Richard Hill commented, "I was annoyed about the first half. We got well and truly beaten, but it was a special second half. We played some good stuff and the passes stuck."
Exeter Chiefs inflicted a first defeat of the season on Saracens with a gutsy 14-12 victory in horrible conditions at Sandy Park on Sunday afternoon. The first half was dominated by the boot, with Exeter's Ignacio Mieres outgunning Owen Farrell for a 9-6 lead.
The weather worsened after the break before Sireli Naqelevuki took advantage of Chris Ashton's sin-binning for the game's only try.
Saracens pressed for a victory but missed two penalty attempts and could not break their hosts down.