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Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond praised his charges after they began their Aviva Premiership campaign with a 22-16 victory at Gloucester.
The Sharks won just seven of 22 league games last season as they finished 10th ahead of only Worcester and relegated London Welsh.
But Diamond was determined to focus on the positives and hailed an impressive performance at Kingsholm Stadium.
"Last year is another season. The year before, we got to the Heineken Cup and nobody talks about that, do they? There is no point bringing that one up," said Diamond.
"We are at Kingsholm today, for goodness sake, and Gloucester came out with a real passionate second-half and took the game to us.
"We held on in the second half but that is the character we showed in the latter half of last year where we won seven or eight of the games we played.
"We have now come down here and, if you get a bonus point, you are happy, so to win is a great result for the club."
Gloucester head coach Nigel Davies believed his team never got going until the last quarter of the game, and deserved nothing from the encounter.
Davies said: "I don't think we deserved to win it. We didn't have enough control of the game. The thing we have to do is lick our wounds a little bit.
"We are wounded, we are humiliated but that is the nature of the sport we are in. It is the last thing we would want here at Kingsholm."
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|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle Falcons 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester Tigers 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle Falcons 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle Falcons|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale Sharks 18 - 11 Exeter|
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