Sky Sports man of the match Duncan McRae was relieved to have grabbed the win against the Sharks on Saturday afternoon in the Zurich Wild Card semi-final at Kingsholm.
Commenting on www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com after the game the Aussie number 10 said: "It was certainly a little scary out there at the end, but they're so good at running the ball. Being in the Heineken Cup is immense for this club and we now have three ways of qualifying."
Gloucester now face the winners of Leicester versus Harlequins in the Zurich Wild Cards final on Saturday 29 May. But they won't need to play this game if either Quins lose the Parker Pen final or Wasps win the Heineken Cup final this coming weekend.
Commenting on www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com after the game director of rugby Nigel Melville said: "That was a big blip at the end of the game, and you can't do that against Sale. We just went to sleep.
"It has been a long hard season and we now have three ways of qualifying for the Heineken Cup.
"You can't take anything away from Sale, but it was so important for us to have got the win today and know that we are in the Wild Card final, as well as having the other two options. We just want to get into the Heineken Cup."
Melville added: "It's been a long and hard season and not easy at times. We've had injuries to Junior Paramore, Thinus Delport, James Forrester and Phil Vickery, as well as a number of knocks and bruises."
Speaking to the local media this week ahead of the Bath Rugby game, Head Coach Laurie Fisher stressed that the fundamental shape of Gloucester's game is in good shape but that the Cherry and Whites have to look after the ball better and make more of their scoring opportunities.
Skipper for the day Willi Heinz faced the cameras after the 13-18 home loss to Newcastle and expressed real frustration at not being able to back up last week's win at Sale, calling it a performance he and his team-mates are not proud of.
Speaking after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
Greig Laidlaw is back to skipper Gloucester Rugby in Saturday's Aviva Premiership derby game against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm. James Hook will make his first start of the season at full-back and Billy Twelvetrees will make his 100th competitive appearance for the club.
Wednesday evening saw the launch of the Cherry and White Wednesday show on the Drivetime programme on BBC Radio Gloucestershire, with Henry Trinder live in the studio to kick off a regular weekly slot.