Not only did the midfielder impress throughout the game against Manchester City, but he scored a fine goal to give his side hope in an eventual 3-1 loss.
Howe singled out Wilson for praise after the game.
"I saw him do it so many times for Derby last year in big games for them," said Howe to reporters.
"When we got the free-kick you hoped he might deliver something but then to see what he did – it was an incredible goal – and at a time when we needed that lift.
"It's really tough to chase a two-goal deficit against this team. When you leave yourself open you can be really punished and exposed, I thought that gave us a lifeline going into half-time."