Sale boss John Mitchell looked for positives after his side fell 25-18 to Wasps on Sunday, their tenth loss of the Aviva Premiership campaign.
The result saw the Sharks pick up a point in defeat, which brought small comfort to Mitchell.
"The bonus point has pushed us closer to London Irish just above us. They are just in front of us and not a long way off so we have our destiny and we have to deal with what's in front of us," he said.
"We left nine points out there with missed kicks, there was a soft breach in our defence for their try and their kicking game was better than ours with our 9-10 and 15 letting us down there as their execution wasn't good enough."
Asked about Danny Cipriani's omission, Mitchell once again highlighted defence as the issue.
"He has to improve his defence. Last week against Toulon he defended for 35 minutes and then chose not to do so," he said.
"He was not the only player to receive bad news so if he improves his defence he will come back into contention."