Sale bounced back from last week’s loss at Wasps as they beat Aviva Premiership league leaders Northampton 20-7 at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Sale managed to gain a convincing lead in the first-half against their visitors with two penalties courtesy of Danny Cipriani and a try for Lewis Roberts.
Top of the table Northampton failed to get any points on the board during the first 40 minutes but with the game at only 13-0 at half time, it was not completely out of their reach.
Sale claimed another try in the second-half, this time for skipper Dan Braid and they comfortably held out the visitors to win the game.
Northampton briefly fought back with a try for Teimana Harrison but it was nowhere near enough and they were defeated 20-7.
Cipriani opened the scoring for Sale within the first 10 minutes with a successful penalty kick. He followed up with another one just minutes later.
Saints were being put under some serious pressure by the Sharks and their cause was not helped by Sam Dickinson being shown a yellow card for coming in at the side on 30 minutes. Sale took advantage of having the extra man by going over for their first try. Roberts managed to touch the ball down over the line from a driving maul.
The home side should really have had more points on the board at half-time and the visitors should have been pleased that the deficit was only 13-0 at the half-time whistle.
It was more misery for Northampton in the second-half when Stephen Myler missed a penalty and they then had Calum Clark sent to the sin-bin on 54 minutes. Sale once again took advantage of this when captain Braid was driven over the line from the maul to score and they now held a comfortable lead over their visitors.
Saints had to take their chance when they kicked to the corner from a penalty and they built it up nicely for Harrison to crash over, although it turned out to be only a consolation try in the end.
The visitors really stepped up their defence to avoid further embarrassment but although their attack never lacked effort, they failed to execute at crucial moments allowing Sale to sneak the 20-7 victory.
Tries: Lewis-Roberts, Braid
Con: Cipriani 2
Pen: Cipriani 2
Sale: 15 Mike Haley, 14 Will Addison, 13 Jonny Leota, 12 Sammy Tuitupou, 11 Mark Cueto, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Chris Cusiter, 8 Josh Beaumont, 7 Magnus Lund, 6 Dan Braid (c), 5 Nathan Hines, 4 Jonathan Mills, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Marc Jones, 1 Eifion Lewis-Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Cameron Neild, 17 Alberto de Marchi, 18 Ross Harrison, 19 TJ Ioane, 20 David Seymour, 21 Will Cliff, 22 Nick Macleod, 23 Tom Arscott.
Northampton: 15 Ben Foden, 14 Jamie Elliott, 13 George Pisi, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 George North, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Lee Dickson, 8 Phil Dowson, 7 Ben Nutley, 6 Tom Wood (c), 5 Calum Clark, 4 Sam Dickinson, 3 Salesi Ma’afu, 2 Mike Haywood, 1 Alex Corbisiero.
Replacements: 16 Matti Williams, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Gareth Denman, 19 Jordan Onojaife, 20 Teimana Harrison, 21 Joel Hodgson, 22 James Wilson, 23 Ken Pisi.
Referee: Matt Carley
Assistant Referees: Steve Lee, Paul Burton
TMO: Trevor Fisher