The first game of the Gallagher Premiership season produced an entertaining display of attacking rugby and a first competitive look at Bath Rugby's new style.
The Blue, Black and Whites displayed elements of it in the first half against Sale Sharks but became fully connected and expansive as the game progressed.
Sale took a 17-3 lead into half-time courtesy of tries from Akker van Der Merwe and Byron McGuigan - plus Rob du Preez's boot - with Danny Cipriani getting his maiden Bath points on 38 minutes.
Cipriani added a second penalty after half-time as the visitors ramped up the intensity in attack with Juan Schoeman's first try for the club and Academy fly-half Orlando Bailey's strikes at goal turning the match on its head.
It wasn't to be for Stuart Hooper's men as Kieran Wilkinson's late penalty earned the Sharks victory but there were lots of positives for Bath to take forward.