The Terriers sit 16th in the Championship with a haul of 51 points from 42 games.
Considering that Powell’s early weeks in the job after being appointed in September saw Town slip into the relegation zone, safety being all but assured has to be seen as a respectable achievement.
Powell, however, feels his men have not had their just rewards this term and has urged the players to try to make amends with a storming finish to the campaign.
“There is no chance the players will simply go through the motions with me here,” said Powell ahead of tonight’s trip to strugglers Brighton & Hove Albion. “We weren’t safe going into the weekend and we aren’t safe now. Miracles sometimes still do happen in football.”
Town’s recent wins over Ipswich Town and Nottingham Forest came after a dispiriting run that yielded just one victory from 11 league outings.
Along the way, Huddersfield, who trained at Fulham yesterday afternoon en route to the south coast, endured some tough days with the 4-1 loss at Brentford and a 2-0 home loss to Rotherham United being hugely disappointing.
The disappointing run did, though, include draws against Norwich and Birmingham plus a 2-0 loss at home to Fulham where Powell’s men could have claimed all three points.
Powell added: “We are still a few points short of where we should be. The thing is you can’t keep saying, ‘If only’. We are where we are for a reason.
“The pressure was on recently and the players have handled themselves well.
“Ipswich at home and Forest away are tough games, but we were organised and played our football. I think we were the better side.”
Radoslaw Majewski returns to the squad after having to sit out the visit to his parent club but Harry Bunn is still out with a hamstring problem. Bunn, out since mid-March, may return on Saturday against Derby County.
Last six games: Brighton & Hove Albion DDWLLL, Huddersfield Town DDLDWW.
Referee: A D’Urso (Essex).
Last time: Brighton & Hove Albion 0 Huddersfield Town 0; December 21, 2013; Championship.