"A draw here would have been a defeat in our minds," Hodgson said after the match.
"But the players showed they have enough fight and character to come back and win a game when at 2-2 we were fearing the worst.
"But we've still had just one defeat in 13 and we have to take a lot of pride from that.
"The players had to dig deep and, while it wasn't the fun occasion some might have dreamt of, it was a thoroughly professional performance.
"Anything other than professional preparation could have seen an upset on the cards."