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."
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Premiership Rugby have this morning confirmed the order of fixtures for the 2015/16 season, and Gloucester Rugby will start their campaign at Kingston Park, taking on Newcastle Falcons on Friday 16 October, 19:45.