Wasps director of rugby Dai Young was delighted that the club achieved their pre-season objective of finishing in the top six.
A turbulent season off the field with the move from High Wycombe to Coventry didn't stop a young Wasps squad from producing some outstanding performances both in the league and in Europe.
“At the end of the day, it’s not about just the last few weeks, it’s about the whole season. The goal was to be top six, we’re there and I’m absolutely thrilled to be there," said Young.
“You are only going to get better through all these experiences and I’m sure we’re only going to be better next season.
Wasps needed two points or for Sale to lose in order to clinch the final Champions Cup spot, although it took a dramatic 40-40 draw with London Irish for them to get over the line.
“It must have been great to watch, but it was certainly nail-biting for both sets of coaches," added Young.
“Coming into the game, we had far more to lose than London Irish which made them even more dangerous. They have some quality players and they really chucked the ball around.
“We weren’t quite at the races for big parts of the game today, but we’ve come away from the game having achieved our target, which was top six, and I am absolutely thrilled that we have achieved that.
“The last month, I think we have looked a tired team. This season, making the step up to the top tier of Europe and playing in a lot of big games seems to have taken it out of us really, but it’s the first experience of competing at the real top end. We will come back stronger for it next year and we’ve given ourselves another crack at it next year."