A Josh Beaumont try was enough for Sale to beat Leicester 3-10 at Welford Road on Saturday afternoon.
In difficult windy conditions at Welford Road, penalties from Danny Cipriani and Freddie Burns saw it all square at 3-3 at half-time.
After Cipriani then missed five penalty kicks in a row, the Sharks went for a line-out and Josh Beaumont touched down from the driving maul.
The Tigers barely troubled Sale’s try line as persistent rain fell.
The win sees the Sharks move into seventh place in the Premiership table in their push for Champions Cup qualification.
Leicester, however, remain in fourth position but are vulnerable having failed to gain a bonus point while fifth placed Wasps beat Newcastle.
FULL REPORT TO FOLLOW.
Leicester: 15 Tommy Bell, 14 Peter Betham, 13 Mathew Tait, 12 Matt Smith, 11 Telusa Veainu, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Sam Harrison, 8 Jordan Crane, 7 Lachlan McCaffrey, 6 Mike Fitzgerald, 5 Graham Kitchener, 4 Dom Barrow, 3 Fraser Balmain, 2 Tom Youngs (c), 1 Logovi’i Mulipola.
Replacements: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Riccardo Brugnara, 18 Greg Bateman, 19 Ed Slater, 20 Tom Croft, 21 Jono Kitto, 22 Gonzalo Camacho, 23 Jack Roberts.
Sale: 15 Mike Haley, 14 Will Addison, 13 Sam James, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Nev Edwards, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Chris Cusiter, 8 Josh Beaumont (c), 7 TJ Ioane, 6 Cameron Neild, 5 Andrei Ostrikov, 4 Bryn Evans, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Tommy Taylor, 1 Ross Harrison.
Replacements: 16 Neil Briggs, 17 Eifion Lewis-Roberts, 18 Brian Mujati, 19 Jonathan Mills, 20 David Seymour, 21 Peter Stringer, 22 Joe Ford, 23 Tom Arscott.
Date: Saturday, February 6
Venue: Welford Road
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
Assistant referees: Ross Campbell, Paul Burton
TMO: Trevor Fisher