It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t particularly convincing.
But it was still another two precious Super League points for the misfiring Giants, as they maintained their top-four challenge with three rounds of the regular Super League season remaining.
For the vast majority of an awful contest against plucky Widnes, Huddersfield struggled to get out of second gear and didn’t look like a side confident of heading into the play-offs in a rich vein of form.
They were only brief glimpses of the scintillating first-half form at Wakefield a fortnight earlier.
But if the old adage is true that it’s a sign of a good side that can win when they don’t play well, then the Giants should still be laughing.
They dominated the opening exchanges and should have crossed for more than the one try in the first very promising 15 minutes.
But with Huddersfield giving the impression they thought they could score off every play, a slender 6-0 lead was really all they deserved.
Having said that, the try they did score was a beauty.
The impressive Eorl Crabtree collected on the Widnes 20 and fed Larne Patrick a lovely short ball to collect at pace.
He stormed through, before stepping past full-back Rhys Hanbury to cross under the posts.
Danny Brough landed the conversion to make it 6-0 after six minutes and the signs were looking promising.
But as they game progress, the Giants became more and more frustrating – although they were not helped by referee Matt Thomason, who looked desperate to penalise both sides at every available opportunity.
As a result, it was no great surprised when the Vikings did draw level after 20 minutes when, after the Giants were forced to defend four successive sets on their own line, the pressure eventually told as Danny Tickle crashed over and then added the conversion.
The home side’s frustration grew in the 37th minute when Tickle nudged his side ahead with a penalty.
But on the stroke of half-time the smiles returned, with another quality Giants score – this time from deep.
A long Brough kick from close to his own line gave Jodie Broughton the chance to just outpace Paddy Flynn and kick the ball over the tryline for Joe Wardle to collect and score for the sixth successive game.
Brough again goaled and the hosts held a 12-8 interval advantage.
The start of the second period also proved a frustrating affair, with mistakes aplenty from both sides.
As a result, it wasn’t until the 64th minute until the fourth try was scored, when the lively Aaron Murphy put Jermaine McGillvary over in at the corner.
It was just too far out for Brough to convert.
The captain made no mistake five minutes later with a simple goal, after he had fed Anontion Kaufusi to crash over from close range,
At 22-8, the Vikings’ resistance had finally been broken.
They did have the consolation of scoring a late try when the home defence switched off and Hanbury sneaked over for a second converted score for the Vikings.
But the Giants had the final say when Shaun Lunt scored from close range and Brough converted to wrap things up, bringing the curtain down on a very forgettable contest.