Back to back league wins over Exeter and London Welsh have transformed the Sharks league fortunes and given Sale a real fighting chance of beating the drop.
Going into Friday's crucial league clash with champions Harlequins, Sale are still bottom of the table.But thanks to their eight point haul over the past fortnight, the Sharks now lie just a point behind London Irish and are also within touching distance of both Welsh and Worcester.
And Macleod, who recently returned from injury to kick a drop goal against Exeter and the winning penalty in last Sunday's nerve-shredding 26-25 win at the Kassam Stadium believes that if Sale can finally haul themselves off the foot of the table the pressure will only intensify on their lowly rivals.
"It's still a big task and obviously we are still bottom but we're heading in the right direction," Nick declared.
"But maybe the other sides down at the bottom are now looking over their shoulders a little bit more and we're desperate to finally get off the bottom and overtake those sides as once that happens the pressure really will switch to them."
"We've got confidence and momentum on our side now which is huge and winning like losing can become a habit."
"The boys aren't quite so edgy and they have a belief in what we can do and that makes a huge difference."
Reflecting on both the crucial win at Welsh and the remaining seven league games, Nick was also quick to praise the impact of former All Black flanker Daniel Braid who capped a magnificent individual display at London Welsh by scoring a vital try.
And Nick believes the experience and leadership skills that Braid has brought with him from his native New Zealand will only stand the Sharks in good stead over the next few frantic weeks.
"I don't think it's any coincidence that since Dan has come in we've had a change of fortune," Nick added.
"He's a world class player and any team would be desperate to snap him up and he had made a real impact on us."
"He's been fantastic around the breakdown, he's already had a couple of man of the match awards. He's won some crucial turnovers for us and scored some crucial tries and he's making a real impact all over the park."
Nick is hoping to make up for lost time having had sit out several weeks with back and knee problems but he's more than had his hands full away from rugby after proudly becoming a father for the first time following the birth of daughter Sophia Belle.
"It's never nice to be injured and it's been frustrating watching the guys play so it's nice to be back and involved," Nick added.
"But while I was out injured Sophia Belle was born and she's been a good distraction.It has been fantastic and as any parent knows its the best feeling in the world."
"Though in saying that, the trip to London Welsh was my first weekend away since her arrival, so I had a good night's sleep and took full advantage of it!"
Tickets for Sale Sharks Aviva Premiership game against reigning champions Harlequins on Friday evening at the Salford City Stadium are available by phoning 08444-994-994 or online at http://www.salesharks.com/tickets/index.php