"We managed to stave them off in the second quarter, and that's what won us the game"
The defensive effort of the team this season it to be praised, with 23 tries being scored against the Sharks, lower than that of fourth placed Leicester Tigers, and third placed Bath Rugby.
Compare this with the 53 tries that were scored against Sale in the 2012/13 season, and it is evident that the defense would have to do a lot wrong to get anywhere near that tally again.
The Sharks have also been great on the attack, even when losing, calculating the most losing bonus points in the top six with five so far this season.
Currently sixth, five points clear of London Wasps, Sale travel to Adams Park on Saturday knowing that a win there will hopefully secure sixth place or above.
Steve Diamond said: "For a club like Sale Sharks to be punching around mid-table is good, and it puts the wind up the other big clubs who have come to Manchester."
"The big job in hand now for us is Wasps away next weekend. If we get something from that we will have had a good start to 2014."