DELIGHTED Giants coach Jon Sharp has praised the spirit shown by his players to put their Challenge Cup semi-final disappointment behind them and storm back with yesterday's superb Super League success at Warrington Wolves.
Sharp watched his side twice come back from behind to win 26-20 in a pulsating contest at the Halliwell-Jones Stadium - venue of last week's heavy Cup defeat to St Helens.
It was a win which took the Giants back to fourth in the table - one place above champions Bradford Bulls! - and sets up perfectly Friday's Sky TV clash against third-placed Hull FC at the McAlpine (8.00).
This will be another major test of Huddersfield's credentials.
But Sharp believes his players have now shown they have the strength of character to bounce back from major setbacks and have the confidence to test their major Super League rivals.
"I felt confident the boys would be able to respond positively to last weekend's disappointment, and that was clear for all to see yesterday," said Sharp.
"We managed to get the big disappointment of our semi-final exit out of our system the day after the game, and immediately put steps in place to get straight back on track against Warrington.
"They are very difficult to beat at home and we went there expecting an arm wrestle.
"We also went over there prepared to go right down to the wire if necessary, and that's exactly what happened.
"Overall, this was another tremendous performance from the side and I really can't praise them enough for how they played.
"But it's a case of backing up again with another tough game against Hull on Friday.
"I have no doubt that the boys will again be looking forward to the challenge with confidence high."
Sharp is hoping his players emerge injury-free from yesterday.
Darren Turner (knee), Marcus St Hilaire (calf) and Mick Slicker (leg) all missed the match and could be doubts for the Hull clash.