Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson is urging his side to maintain their ascent after climbing off the bottom of Super League with a 28-20 win over Leeds.
The Giants held their nerve in a seesaw encounter, scoring two tries in the last seven minutes through Jake Connor and Eorl Crabtree to secure a second successive home win.
“The win is the all important thing,” Anderson said. “Of the last three games, we’ve won two so we’re starting the ascent and hopefully we can keep it going.
“It was a real scrappy game but I couldn’t care less, we found a way to win whereas in the past we would have lost.
“There were some really pleasing things. I thought defensively we were pretty good and we came home strong.
“I’m really pleased with our resolve and composure. We’re still coming up with errors but not as many.”
England winger Jermaine McGillvary got Huddersfield’s man-of-the-match award after scoring his 11th try of the season and Anderson was also delighted with the display of centre Aaron Murphy.
“Jerry’s a great player, a stand-out player in Super League, and I thought the way Aaron Murphy handled Kallum Watkins was world class as well.”
As well as gaining two precious points, Huddersfield will have gained a psychological advantage ahead of their meeting with Leeds in Friday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup sixth-round tie at the John Smith’s Stadium.
“Next week is totally different,” Anderson said. “The Challenge Cup is probably a welcome distraction for us.”
Leeds coach Brian McDermott is hoping to have at least three of his nine injured senior players back for that match but was delighted with the way his under-strength side defended and battled to the end.
“It’s a tough one to lose,” said McDermott. “We had some really good moments near our line and probably broke the record for trysavers. There are some really encouraging signs.
“In the end, some of the bump and dump from Huddersfield, their quick play-the-balls, got us,” said McDermott, who gave a debut to 17-year-old forward Cameron Smith.