To add to Sale's woes, Gloucester's victory in last Friday's European Challenge Cup also denied them the opportunity of taking part in a play-off to try to claim a place in next season's European Champions Cup.
But ahead of Saturday's final home game of the season against Newcastle, the former All Blacks flanker has spoken to the Manchester Evening News and has insisted his side would be going out all guns blazing in what promises to be an emotional occasion with several stars, notably former England and British Lions legend Mark Cueto, playing their final home game in Sale colours.
And Braid said Sale were determined to put as much pressure as possible on Wasps so that in the event of a dramatic late slip by the Coventry-based side, the Sharks can take advantage.
"Motivation won't be a problem on Saturday," declared the Sale captain. "There is a lot to play for - we're a competitive bunch and we want to win. It's as simple as that.
"At home, in front of our fans, we know it's very important and we want to finish strong and we want to keep putting pressure on Wasps.
"Mathematically there is still a chance that we could catch them and as we know in sport, anything can happen.
"So we've got to do our best, get that win and ensure that we finish at home on a high.
"There is an extra incentive there with it being Mark's last home game as well, as it being a last appearance for a few other guys like Marc Jones and Will Cliff," Braid added.
"Even against Harlequins there was a little bit of chat about there not being many games left so everyone is well aware that a legend of the club is going to be playing his last home game.
"First and foremost, though, it's about putting a performance in.
"We're still hurting from those last two games - especially losing at home to Quins - and it will be emotional for the guys that are leaving who have put their heart and soul into the club over the years so it's going to be an exciting occasion and hopefully we can do it justice."