Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond was delighted with his side's battling 21-17 win over London Wasps on Saturday at Adams Park.
The victory consolidated the Manchester-based side's position in the top six of the Premiership table, with Wasps consigned to seventh spot.
"I'm delighted with the result. This time last season we were looking at being in the Championship," said Diamond.
"We had a good start before we had a rocky patch, conceding 17 points, but we then became dominant in the scrums to win the match."
The Director of Rugby opted to switch his entire front row as the 50-minute mark ticked around, giving his side a boost in the tight.
"It was always our intention from the start to do this, as I believed our forward bench was stronger than theirs," added Diamond.
Wasps counterpart Dai Young admitted the visitors deserved their victory.
"Sale deserved to win; they were a lot smarter than us," said Young.
"We gave away an easy 10 points at the start, which seems to be our Achilles heel.
"We then had a lot of pressure and came away with only four penalties, but we need to be coming away with seven points not three from those situations. We are missing our X-factor players in Christian Wade, Tom Varndell and Elliot Daly.
"Sale changed their entire front row and it made a huge difference. We struggled to cope and gave away three silly penalties. They were far superior at the kicking game."