However, the former England manager has now presided over a run that has seen Palace climb from bottom of the table to 14th position.
There are still only two points splitting Palace from the drop zone, which is why the manager knows that his work is far from done. And he believes securing signings in the January window could be the key to survival.
"It's far too soon to say, we didn't know until today that Scott had injured a cruciate ligament but the Chairman and Directors are keen to improve our squad to ensure we have what we need," said Hodsgon.
"Hopefully our performances have shown that if we get that backing it'll make us even stronger in this run in."