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."
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
After a series of contract announcements last week, hooker Richard Hibbard is the latest Gloucester Rugby player to commit to a new contract at the club and told GRTV how much he enjoys playing in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.