"But we can still slip into the Championship and there's still a big risk of that happening.
"That reception is probably the biggest pressure that has been put upon us because we realised, if we hadn't already, that it was so important to people."
Fulham boss Hodgson admits he was surprised by the reaction of supporters who have been given precious few moments to savour in an otherwise dismal season.
"I thought the fans might still be a little bit disappointed that over the course of the season we hadn't given them as many games of that type," he said. "I expected perhaps a bit more, cynicism is the right word, in their reception. But it seemed genuinely warm-hearted."