With bottom pair Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion losing, it was a good day for Palace who moved up to 16th place after ending a seven-game winless streak. "We are getting players back to fitness and our squad is looking like what it was when we were getting results", said Hodgson who added that the three points gained at the John Smith's Stadium were vital even if he and his team were not focused on the league table.
Huddersfield have taken just one point from their last three matches as their battle to avoid an immediate return to the Championship continues, manager David Wagner acknowledging his players did not do enough to warrant a positive result. "He got past people and drew fouls and that put us in their part of the field and give our defenders a rest", Hodgson told reporters.
"We have had a hard run of games and to get something here at least puts us back in some sort of equilibrium", he added.
Wagner sent on forward Elias Kachunga in place of Pritchard for the final 20 minutes, but Palace, by now benefiting from Zaha's ball-carrying, continued to look the more risky side.
"I don't know that it was a definite injury, you will have seen he took quite a few kicks there towards the end of the game".
"I haven't been given any indication he's picked up any serious injury".
The lead came from a corner from early substitute Yohan Cabaye with Huddersfield's defence failing to clear and Tomkins poking home at the second attempt.
Tomkins thought he had a second after the hour when another Palace corner evaded the Huddersfield backline but, when the centre-back drove goalwards at the back post, Mounie was on hand to hack off the line.
He made no mistake, clattering his effort to Jonas Lossl's right as the goalkeeper guessed incorrectly.
The visitors grabbed the second goal in the 68th minute when Milivojevic slammed home his penalty after Mathias Jorgensen was adjudged to have brought down Townsend on the left edge of the area.