IT probably comes as little consolation to the Giants after losing to Leeds Rhinos in their opening game of 2006.
But this was without a doubt the best performance produced by a Huddersfield team at Headingley in the Super League era.
Less than seven years after the club suffered the humiliation of a record 86-6 Super League defeat at the same venue, the Giants put in a display which suggests this could be their year.
Admittedly, some fine-tuning still needs to be done by coach Jon Sharp on his side's attack and their ability to retain possession.
But their defensive effort was truly immense, arguably the best seen by a Huddersfield side for many years.
Despite the Giants being guilty of handing possession to their hosts with alarming regularity during a torrid second half, they were still able to restrict last year's beaten Super League Grand Finalists to just one solitary try during that period.
In years gone by, such pride in the tryline would not have been known and points would have been conceded at an alarming rate.
But not any more.
Even though Leeds looked sharp, with Great Britain skipper Jamie Peacock adding considerable weight to a side packed full of internationals, they had to work flat-out to claim the two League points on offer.
And they really were grateful to the Giants for their spells when they made the ball resemble a hot potato.
It just makes you wonder what the visitors could have achieved had they treated their possession with far more respect!
In the opening period, such errors seemed to be at their most common when Huddersfield were inside their opponents' half.
Their approach play was fine, it was just when they got close to the Leeds' line their cutting edge deserted them.
Then after the break, it was a case of continuing to squander possession inside their own half, which kept pressure on themselves.
But they also committed this cardinal sin in the 13th minute, with possession lost and creating the opportunity for Matt Diskin to send skipper Kevin Sinfield over for the opening try, which he also converted. That was cruel indeed for the visitors, who had already shown promising attacking spark with breaks from Albert Torrens and Paul Smith.
And after the setback, Torrens, Michael De Vere, James Evans and Martin Aspinwall all came within a whisker of opening the Giants' account - before the Rhinos added try No2.
This time it was new signing Scott Donald who finished off after some crisp approach play.
Sinfield failed to convert, but at 10-0 ahead after 27 minutes Leeds must have felt they had finally broken the Giants' resistance.
Five minutes later, they were finally rewarded for their pressure when Chris Thorman spotted a gap, raced through and fed the supporting Torrens to finish off.
Thorman converted and the visitors were right back in it.
Cruelly, Leeds struck on the stroke of half-time when Lee Smith squeezed in at the corner to hand the psyschological edge back to the Rhinos and give them a flattering 14-6 interval lead.
Yet in that opening 40 minutes, the Giants had done enough to prove to those inside the stadium they were certainly no Super League mugs.
That was re-inforced at the start of the second half when Thorman just failed to hold on to the ball in a desperate act to score.
But that provided the Rhinos with another timely wake-up call, and signalled the start of a period of intense pressure.
In an incredible 15-minute defensive effort, Sinfield was forced to spill the ball over the Giants' tryline, Shane Millard was somehow held up on the line, Gareth Ellis was held up over the line and Aspinwall produced a top cover tackle to deny Smith.
Unfortunately, all the hard work was undone in the 62nd minute when possession was lost on halfway and Ali Lauitiiti was on hand to feed Danny McGuire to race away and score under the posts.
At 20-6, the outcome had more or less been decided.
But for the remaining minutes, the Giants had the upper hand.
Within four minutes, they had added try No2 when Paul fed Evans to crash over.
Richard Mathers was sin-binned by Steve Ganson for a high shot on the centre in the process, which made Thorman's kick from under the posts a formality.
But despite Evans almost going through again, Chris Nero making a super break and Chev Walker dealing with a Brad Drew `bomb' magnificently, the Giants were unable to score again.
However, Huddersfield were able to come off the pitch at Headingley knowing they had given Leeds a real battle at last!