ANYONE who doubted the Giants' character to bounce back effectively from a period of adversity needed to be at the McAlpine yesterday.
After defeat at Hull a week ago followed by the midweek thrashing by St Helens, the pressure was on to hit back with a win over Widnes.
Even though injuries to key players remain problematic, with winger Marcus St Hilaire the latest to be sidelined with a leg injury, there could be no excuse for failure.
If Huddersfield wanted to show the rest of Super League that their play-off bid remained firmly on track, two more points over the Vikings had to be achieved.
Fortunately, there was little to worry about.
The first and final 15 minutes did cause some concern, with the fact the visitors scored two late tries probably down to the fatigue factor of playing three games in seven days.
But in the 50 minutes in between, the Giants were a class apart.
Fit-again Brandon Costin was once again a major player, with his attacking kicks making a huge difference to keep the Vikings pegged in their own half for long periods of the game.
The hope now with Costin, of course, is that his hamstring injury doesn't flare up again and he's back for the remainder of the season.
Yet the goalkicking stand-off wasn't the only player to catch the eye, with almost everyone making a contribution to this latest and significant triumph.
For instance, in the backs, Stuart Donlan had another great game, while Hefin O'Hare made some great yards in his new and effective dummy-half role.
And in the forwards, there was some strong running, with Jon Grayshon producing his most robust display of the season.
But there was little to savour in the opening quarter as Widnes, in their first game since the sacking of coach Neil Kelly, came out with all guns blazing.
Costin gave the Giants the lead with a second-minute penalty.
But with Widnes keeping the ball alive superbly, and referee Karl Kirkpatrick handing the Vikings an early 5-1 penalty advantage, the visitors were 10-2 ahead by the 17th minute. Jules O'Neill levelled the scores in the seventh minute and then added the extras to the opening try six minutes later.
That came after the Giants had been forced to drop-out from under their posts for a second successive time, with Willie Peters racing over following a jinking 30m run.
A second O'Neill penalty to make it 10-2 was nothing more than the Vikings deserved.
But midway through the half the balance of power finally began to shift.
On virtually Huddersfield's first serious attack, Stanley Gene slipped out a short pass close to the line for Stuart Jones to collect at pace and burst over.
Costin converted and followed with a 27th-minute penalty to tie up the scores.
And two minutes later the home side took a lead they were never to lose.
On the sixth tackle, Costin kicked into the Widnes in-goal area, and while full-back Paul Atcheson hesitated in the hope the ball would run dead, James Evans ran through and got the vital touch.
Costin failed with the touchline conversion, but made no mistake in adding the extras to his own try three minutes before the break.
That had come after he had launched a wonderful 40-20 kick to put his side on the attack.
Within three plays the ball was whipped to the left and finally came to Costin, who jinked through some heavy traffic to touch down.
Huddersfield had a 10-point interval lead and they were looking in good shape.
The loss within two minutes of the restart of Stanley Gene with a badly dislocated ankle initially knocked the Giants out of their stride.
But by the 53rd minute they had regained their shape and Sean Penkywicz was on hand to feed Jones for a carbon copy of his opening try. Costin again added the conversion and the lead was 16.
Unfortunately, Penkywicz undid all his earlier good work by earning a spell in the sin-bin for a punch, and that sparked a late Widnes revival.
With the Giants down to 12 men and the demands of two punishing games in the previous sevens days, the Vikings mounted their raid.
In the 74th minute Adam Hughes crashed over in the corner and O'Neill landed a superb touchline conversion. 26-16.
Then three minutes later Hughes fed Chris Giles to finish in the same place, although this time O'Neill failed to convert.
It may have been a tense final few minutes, but overall this was a Giants' display full of character.