IT'S a sign of the growing stature of the Giants as a Super League force that they can now produce a relatively flat performance and still come up with a win.
Compared with Huddersfield's efforts against Wigan and Bradford in their last two top-flight clashes, this was well below the standard expected by coach Jon Sharp.
Yet it was still good enough to beat a Salford side who remained in the hunt for much of the contest.
In the end, the Giants held the edge.
But on another day, they might not have been so lucky and their opponents may have just sneaked in to spoil the McAlpine party.
The fact they didn't was down to a combination of factors, not least of which was the way the Giants were prepared to dig deep and grind out the result.
With many of the home side's strike players failing to fire on all cylinders, another team effort was required to get the two League points.
And, when it came to the crunch, it was Julian Bailey who came to the fore and took the game by the scruff of the neck to haul the Giants into their matchwinning position.
Throughout the start of this season, Bailey has made a habit of scoring long-range tries, something for which he was hardly noted last year.
But none has been as crucial as last night's 55th-minute effort against Salford.
It was at a time when the City Reds were sensing the possibility of a win.
A Chris Charles penalty 10 minutes after the restart had narrowed the Giants lead to 12-10 and the visitors were pressing for a score.
They were having great success at keeping their hosts firmly trapped inside their own half - until the 55th minute that is.
It was then that Bailey gained possession inside his own 20, burst through the Salford defenders and sped off downfield.
He then backed his speed to round full-back Karl Fitzpatrick and raced over in the corner.
To add to the excitement, Paul March landed a superb touchline conversion, and the Giants gained some valuable breathing space.
Even what was an incredibly harsh sin-binning and placing on report of Giants captain Darren Fleary for a late challenge on Gavin Clinch after the Salford half-back had kicked the ball downfield could not halt Huddersfield.
While the prop was having an enforced rest, Brandon Costin sent Chris Nero crashing over under the posts for March to add the extras, and with 15 minutes remaining the League points were almost in the bag.
Cliff Beverley's 75th-minute converted try was a score that Salford deserved for their efforts, but it was never going to be enough to deny the Giants their fourth Super League win in five outings.
And for much of the first half, it appeared that victory would be achieved in a relatively straightforward manner.
After Charles had given the visitors the lead with a fourth-minute penalty, the Giants soon got into their stride.
March levelled with a penalty in the 11th minute, and eight minutes later the Giants had taken the lead.
March's excellent grubber kick was collected superbly by Hefin O'Hare who then crashed over for March to wrap things up with a superb touchline conversion.
Six minutes later they were over again as Nero drove the ball to the posts and the ball was quickly fed to the left for Costin's long, looping pass to send Marcus St Hilaire racing in.
At 12-2 the outcome was looking inevitable.
But due to a combination of flat Giants play and Salford determination the tide began to turn.
A minute before the break Anthony Stewart dived over for a converted try in the corner and 10 minutes after the restart Charles' penalty made it 12-10.
At that stage, the contest looked as if it could have gone either way.
Thank goodness for Bailey!