Though the club's impressive start to the Premiership season was checked by league setbacks against Harlequins and Exeter, Sale have still emerged with great credit from the opening two months of the campaign.
One of the hallmarks of their season to date has been the way their previously porous defence has tightened up massively.
That's largely down to the sterling work carried out by new defence coach Mike Forshaw.
But though the Sharks have developed a mean backbone, the feeling amongst the squad is that they are still to fully fire in terms of their attack.
Former All Black Braid, however, is convinced that sooner rather than later their back line will really click into gear.
"It's exciting because we have got so much to play for - its just about individually putting it on the field," said the Sale skipper.
"To be honest we haven't shown a lot in attack so far but we know that its there and we have shown glimpses of it
"If we nail that and put a team under pressure early in the game and make them make a lot of tackles then you can start building a score, build penalties and build pressure and look to attack.
"But to be able to do that you need all parts of your game to be functioning.
"You can't away from your basics but we have got skilful guys, guys who can attack and I believe there is a lot more to come."
Friday's home game against Worcester and the resumption of the Premiership, marks the start of a vital few games for Sale with the second stage of the Amlin Cup also around the corner.
And Dan says there is everything to play for over in the run-up to the end of the year.
"It's a crucial couple of months. We came into the season flying and we've got some confidence in our abilities and what we can do.
"We have to target our games where we can.
"We got come confidence back with the LV= Cup win at Harlequins last Friday and now it's about really hitting Worcester at home, Saracens away and London Irish at home. They are three games which are really, really important for us.
"It's up to us to make sure that we go into Christmas in a good position in the table. You don't want to be under pressure going into the New Year.
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