Sale (15) 36
Tries: JM Fernandez Lobbe 2, Tuilagi, Roberts, Tait Cons: Hodgson 4
Montauban (3) 6
Pen: Rosalen Drop: Rosalen
Lobbe scored two first-half tries at Edgeley Park
Sale moved to the top of Pool One with a convincing bonus-point Heineken Cup victory over Montauban at Edgeley Park.
The Sharks made a strong start and number eight Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe scored two tries in the first 23 minutes to put his side 12-3 ahead.
Both sides traded penalties before Anitele'a Tuilagi and Eifion Roberts crossed in quick succession midway through the second half.
And substitute David Tait completed the scoring just two minutes from time.
The victory means Sale's turbulent week ends on a high note, after rugby director Philippe-Saint-Andre announced that he would quit the club at the end of the season.
Sale did not seem to be affected by the news or the withdrawal of flanker Jason White before the game as they took the lead after five minutes thanks to their physical superiority up front with Lobbe emerging from a pile of bodies following a driving maul.
Montauban responded with fly-half Cedric Rosalen's drop-goal but Lobbe crossed for his second try from 15 metres out thanks to a neat Charlie Hodgson offload.
Rosalen missed two penalties before Hodgson kicked three points in the 31st minute to give Sale a 15-3 lead at the break.
The visitors did reduce the deficit with a Rosalen penalty but Tuilagi's close-range score from Rory Lamont's break after 54 minutes put Sale back in charge.
Roberts added another try five minutes later before Tait found the space to ground a loose ball for Sale's fifth try in the closing stages.
Sale director of rugby Philippe Saint-Andre:
"We won, scored five tries and played some good rugby. We are still in the competition but next week at Montauban will be a different story.
"There would have been no excuses tonight because the news of my announcement did not affect how they played on the pitch.
"I tried to be very honest with the guys. We've had five fabulous years but it's not a time to say thank-you yet because I will be here until the last game of the season.
"However, I was disappointed with the crowd tonight. The guys deserved more than for such a big Heineken Cup game."
Montauban coach Laurent Travers:
"We conceded five tries but I'm proud of the players.
"They were up against a top team from what is a very strong Guinness Premiership. Next week we will play a different team and will be going all out to get the win."
Sale: R Lamont; Cueto, Tuilagi, McAlister, Doherty; Hodgson, Peel; Faure, M Jones, Roberts, Chabal, Schofield, Fearns, Briggs, Fernandez Lobbe.
Replacements: M Tait for Lamont (63), Bell for Doherty (63), Wigglesworth for Peel (55), Sheridan for Faure (40), D Tait for M. Jones (63), Turner for Roberts (63), Cockbain for Chabal (60).
Montauban: Dalla Riva; Figueiredo, Avramovic, Paku, Cassin; Rosalen, Culinat; Del Boulbes, Arganese, Adams, Murray, Frost, Battut, Clarkin, Soldan.
Replacements: Jonnet for Dalla Riva (66), Balan for Del Boulbes (52), Mach for Arganese (40), Sa for Adams (52), Rolland for Murray (60), Diarra for Battut (66).
Not Used: Fortassin.
Sin Bin: Sa (77).
Ref: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland).