Sale did play in Europe's premier competition last season, but missed out on the top six with a 10th placed finish, which is something that Cueto is looking to change this season.
"You don't want to look too far ahead, but we're a big enough team to be in the Heineken cup next season and we have a good enough squad to make that happen," he said.
"At the backend of last season every game was a cup final. The pressure that we put on ourselves produced the goods in the end and that is the mentality that we need at the start of the season."
For Cueto and co to find the form for a high finish, good results at home will be crucial. Sale became difficult to beat at The Salford City Stadium late on last season, and the 33 year-old believes that being successful at home will give Sharks the best chance of a good season.
"Everyone says the same things about winning your home games, but they say it because it's true. You want to turn your home stadium into a fortress and you want to pick up wins at home.
"At the turn of the year last time around we did turn it into a bit of a fortress and we won nearly every game we played at home towards the end of the season. If we can keep doing that this time around then it will give us confidence when we play away games."
After a visit to Gloucester in their first game of the Aviva Premiership season, Sale then face Newcastle Falcons and London Wasps at the SCS. This presents a fantastic chance for Sharks to gather momentum at the start of this year's campaign.
"We've got two home games out of three at the start of the season and hopefully if we can pick up where we left off from the end of last year and get some good results it will be massive for us," Said Cueto.
"The start of the season is everything for us this year. You don't really pick any game as winnable, that's why the Premiership is one of the toughest leagues in the world so there are no easy matches."
New signings mean more competition for places in the starting line-up, even for an established player like Cueto, but the former England international is happy with the new inclusions and says they have already made an impact.
"There are quite a few new players who have joined and they've fitted in really well. We've had a good pre season and won two of our warm up games. The game against Leeds at Heywood Road was a good test and we got a convincing win in the end.
"The boys look in really good shape. We've got Cardiff away next, which will be the biggest challenge so far this season, but the boys are confident and hopefully it will help us start the season well."
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