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, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).