NICK Macleod says Sale's resurgence in fortunes so far this season is why he was so keen to further extend his six-year stay with the Sharks and pen a new two-year contract.
The Welsh fly-half signed a new deal last month which will make him one of the longest-serving members of the Sale squad, having originally joined from Cardiff Blues back in 2008.
Since then, the 30-year-old has seen it all, playing under five different directors of rugby in Philippe Saint-Andre, Kingsley Jones, Mike Brewer, Bryan Redpath and Steve Diamond in a tumultuous spell.
All have been agreed on one thing however, the calm control and rock-steady defence that Macleod brings to the team.
And the Welshman has proved his worth again over the past few weeks, his last-minute penalty securing a vital losing bonus point at Leicester 11 days ago and a late second-half kick sealing a vital Premiership win at Newcastle last Friday.
And with Sale set fair for an assault on a top-six spot in the second half of the season and looking to move a step nearer the Amlin Cup quarter-finals at home to Worcester tomorrow, Macleod believes the prospects for the Sharks are bright once again.
"I'm delighted to be staying here for another couple of years," said Macleod.
"I'm very settled with my family here in Manchester which is a very important consideration and from the rugby side of it, things are going really well.
"We've also got a good chance to do well in the Amlin Cup too so we're all really looking forward to the second half of the season.
"I feel like we've got the stability now and there's real strength in depth throughout the squad. We've had a couple of injuries in key positions but whoever has come in has done an amazing job and those guys could probably feel a big aggrieved at not starting in the first place so it's a good feeling.
"It's such a change from 12 months ago when we were struggling to stay in the Premiership and it's been such a roller coaster. The difference from a year ago is incomparable so it's a chance to enjoy what we're at at the moment.
"That said, we know how quickly it can change if we don't keep doing what we're doing, grafting away and keeping our heads things can change quickly so it's key we keep this momentum going.
"You get into a habit of wining and believing you can win and this time last year, we probably weren't in that place, so we know what a good team we can be if we do everything right, but if you don't perform you'll slip up.
"You learn from that adversity. You look at some of the teams who have gone down and come back up like Northampton and Quins and how well they are doing now.
"Thank goodness we didn't go down but even in those tough times, the strength of the lads as a group was amazing. Everyone stuck together and believed we would get ourselves out of the mess.
"So we've come through the other side of that a better team for it.
"We're getting bonus points away from home which we weren't last season and we are wining our home games and by and large we're achieving that which is key for us."