Manager Steve Bruce praised Hull's defensive display after the injury-hit Tigers claimed a 1-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday.
Substitute Aaron McLean netted the only goal in the 77th minute, but Wednesday thought that Miguel Llera's first-half header had crossed the line and the Owls appealed in vain for a penalty when Andy Dawson felled Michail Antonio.
A relieved Bruce said: "I'm pleased because we defended the way we should defend and we managed to take our chance.
"Dawson's challenge (on Antonio) looked like a penalty from where I was but that was the only mistake we made all day, so that's pleasing.
"We had six missing today who were injured and we were only able to name six substitutes, but we still managed to come here and get a result.
"I've got the experience to handle it but you always need to stop losing runs.
"I'm pleased for Aaron (McLean). He's had to wait patiently - as has my German striker (Nick Proschwitz) - because Aluko and Jay Simpson have played very well. It helps when you've got somebody like him (McLean) sitting on the bench."