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."
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV after the win in Brive that the game could have been a tough one to get up for, but that his Gloucester team mates did themselves proud on the night and got a big result.
Reflecting on the 31-20 victory in Brive on Thursday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that clinching a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final was the overall aim and duly achieved.
Gloucester may have already clinched a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys wants his side to finish the pool stages on a winning note in Brive on Thursday evening.
Speaking after Saturday's win, James Hudson was happy to record a bonus-point win against a hugely physical Oyonnax side as Gloucester secured their passage into the European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
Billy Burns was a try scorer on his first European start for Gloucester and, speaking after the game, admitted that it was good to get the five points although there are still things to work on before the trip to Brive.
Gloucester Rugby have added to their front row strength in depth for next season with the signings of Paul Doran-Jones, Paddy McAllister and Nicky Thomas from Harlequins, Aurillac and the Ospreys respectively.