Sale sit bottom of the Aviva Premiership table - but Bob Casey reckons they can propel themselves out of danger.
The Sharks have won their last four games in all competitions - LV= Cup victories over Scarlets and Wasps have been followed by Premiership triumphs against Exeter and relegation rivals London Welsh.
The Salford-based side have moved to within one point of safety and former London Irish lock Casey told the Rugby Club that he now expects Sale to move up the division.
"I think Sale can build some momentum and navigate their way out of trouble," said the Irishman.
"Their set-piece is better, their defence is better and in David Seymour and Daniel Braid, they have two sevens who have a massive work-rate."
Sale bested London Welsh 26-25 at the Kassam Stadium last Sunday, with Danny Cipriani kicking three penalties and two conversions, but Rugby Club regular Stuart Barnes was impressed by both outfits' flair.
"That game absolutely wrecked the theory that a relegation battle means you cannot play rugby as we saw some excellent skills from both sets of backs," said the erstwhile Bath man.
"There were some superb delayed passes and, at times, Cipriani rolled back the years and looked like the teenager we saw for Wasps. It was a game of great skill and was won by positive rugby - and poor defending from Welsh."
Gavin Henson notched eight of Welsh's points - kicking two penalty goals and a conversion - and cut a happy figure during a post-match chat with Rugby Club reporter Graham Simmons.
Former Wales winger Ieuan Evans believes the ex-Saracens and Ospreys back has rediscovered his passion for rugby and says that is not only good for the 31-year-old but the game as a whole.
"Henson is playing with a smile on his face and seems to be enjoying himself," said Evans. "He seems to be falling back in love with the game and hopefully the game is falling back in love with him, because he brings something to it.
"He is infuriating at times but he brings such a sublime range of skills; there are very few players who can pass, kick and tackle in midfield and he can do all of those.
"He is a physical presence and he looked a class act from start to finish against Sale."