St Helens missed the chance to draw level on points with Wigan, Warrington and Catalans Dragons, but coach Keiron Cunningham saw enough to encourage their hopes for the rest of the season.
“Huddersfield should go buy a lottery ticket tonight,” he said. “You make your own luck in rugby league and they certainly did that.
“They did a real good job. I thought we actually started the better of the two teams but we couldn’t hang in there for long enough periods.
“I’m not overly disappointed with the team. There were some good patches.
“There are very fine margins in rugby league and, if you are consistently not good for 80 minutes, you lose the energy battle and you get results like this.
“It’s just happening too often for us. That’s the disappointing thing.
“We’re searching for consistency. We can string two or three good performances together and then seem to let ourselves down.
“There is still a long way to go in the season. The top four and the top eight is up for grabs for anybody. All we need to do is find some consistency.”
Cunningham sprang to the defence of 20-year-old centre Calvin Wellington, who gifted a try on his debut to Huddersfield second rower Ukuma Ta’ai when he dropped a pass near his own line.
“Everyone remembers the incident but a couple of people around him let him down,” Cunningham said. “Calvin is a great talent.”