Sale Sharks' European Challenge Cup win at Castres could be the turning in their season, says director of rugby Steve Diamond.
In three previous league games, Sale had not won tight matches against Gloucester, Newcastle and Harlequins.
A late penalty try gave Sale a 17-10 victory in France.
"I said after the game I can count on one hand how many times we've won a game like that with inexperienced lads in the team," Diamond told BBC Sport.
"People gave everything for the shirt and without a doubt it's a turning point in the club's season because we've lost and drawn three very close games - through pure determination we won.
"There are lads who have stood up to the plate big time and that's what we want, and the group know that."
Players out of contract at the end of the season can begin negotiating with other clubs from 1 January.
Hooker Tommy Taylor, who has been linked with a move to Wasps, and centre Will Addison are currently in talks over new deals and Diamond, 47, is positive on their discussions.
"We're confident, if I'm honest," he said. "Why go to a club [Wasps] that have only finished once above us in five years and lost their last two games?
"The conversations are all positive and I'll hopefully get a bit of good news out in the next two weeks."