Hodgson said: "Brian is an experienced player. He is 36 and a talismanic figure at the club. It was just that little bit of quality that was needed because both teams were defending and fighting hard.
"We have got eight extremely important matches and if we want to stay up we have got to reproduce this performance eight more times.
"We've only got three more home games. I don't need reminding we have not won away from home but if we are going to get the necessary number of victories we need, a couple are going to have to be away from home."