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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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Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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