The former All Blacks flanker has been handed the captain's armband for this season by Sale boss Steve Diamond and scored a fine try on Friday only to see the Falcons snatch victory with the boot.
However, Dan believes the fact that Sale's squad is packed to the gunnels with natural leaders will help concentrate minds ahead of tonight's key clash with Wasps.
Aside from Dan, last season's skipper Dave Seymour, Sam Tuitupou, James Gaskell, Mark Cueto and Dwayne Peel all have experience of captaining the club.
On top of that, new signings Jonathan Mills and Michael Paterson also have leadership experience and Dan believes the glut of leading men will have a key role to play this term.
"Right throughout the team there are leaders everywhere and I think that everyone has bought into what we're trying to do as regards the culture," said the Sale skipper.
"Dave Seymour has been a great help already. He was the first one to come up and shake my hand when I was handed the captaincy.
"I really like playing with Dave and he does a lot of work which frees me up to do other things as regards my own game.
"James Gaskell is running the line-out and he's really stepped up there and done a lot of work in the role already.
"There are senior guys pitching in throughout the team which is going to be vital for us going forward."
Dan's impact has been incalculable since his arrival from New Zealand at the start of the year and he admitted his stay at Sale has so far exceeded his expectations.
"What's happened to me has been probably exceeded anything that I could have expected when I first arrived in Manchester on New Year's Day," Dan admitted. "I was pretty hungry when I arrived here as the way I left Auckland Blues last winter was disappointing but I am really enjoying life at Sale.
"To have been awarded a new two-year contract at my age was really gratifying and I want to try and play my part in helping us to be successful.
"Its a long season but if we can build on the culture we all want to develop, I'm confident we can come out on the right road."
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