Huddersfield (8) 28
Tries: Hodgson 2, Faiumu, Griffin, Brown Goals: Grix 4
Catalan (4) 20
Tries: Dureau, Blanch, Baitieri, Baile Goals: Dureau 2
David Hodgson began his career at The Shay with neighbours Halifax
Winger David Hodgson ran in two tries as Huddersfield Giants beat Catalan Dragons at The Shay to return to the top of Super League XVI.
Hodgson opened the scoring, followed by David Faiumu's try, only for Scott Dureau to make it 8-4 at half-time.
Darrell Griffin and Kevin Brown helped extend the Giants' lead to 22-8 before Damien Blanch replied for the Dragons.
Tries for Jason Baitieri and Jean-Philippe Baile saw a tight finish but Hodgson's second ensured victory.
It was only a second defeat in 11 league matches for Catalans, sending Huddersfield back to the top again for ther first time in two months.
Whether they stay there depends on the outcome of Warrington's trip to Craven Park on Sunday to play Hull KR.
But it sets the Giants up nicely for next Saturday evening's trip to fellow high riders Wigan.
Left winger Hodgson started it all off in spectacular style, going 95 metres unopposed to register his 10th try of the season before then setting up Faiumu.
At the other end, Dureau spinted 90 metres for a breakaway try to close the gap to four points at half-time.
The home side's lead was extended two minutes into the second half when Faiumu's short pass sent Griffin over.
You've got to play well to beat Catalan. I enjoy the way they go about their business because they don't do the boring things everyone does
Catalan Dragons coach Trent Robinson
Scott Grix, on goalkicking duties in the absence of the injured Danny Brough, then succeeded at the third attempt with the conversion before making it 16-4 with a penalty shortly afterwards.
A superb try for Blanch brought the visitors back into the game, before Brown scored Huddersfield's fourth try.
That came moments after the Dragons were reduced to 12 men with the sin-binning of Setaimata Sa after being given a final warning for persistent infringements.
The visitors seemed unaffected by the numerical disadvantage and it spurred them on to two tries in four minutes from Baitieri and Baile to close the gap to two points.
But, back on his old turf at The Shay, Hodgson eased any worries with his second try after 69 minutes, Grix kicking his fourth goal of the night.
The match marked the second of Huddersfield's three-match switch to Halifax, to use The Shay, while the Galpharm Stadium pitch is being re-laid.
The last of their scheduled home games at The Shay is against Crusaders on 3 July.
Huddersfield coach Nathan Brown:
"It's nice to be where we are. In the first half, I thought we were clearly the better team. We created some nice chances but didn't finish them off.
"Although we got in front in the second half, we seemed to switch off and didn't pay them the amount of respect we should have.
"You've got to play well to beat Catalan. I enjoy the way they go about their business because they don't do the boring things everyone does."
Catalan Dragons coach Trent Robinson:
"We were poor in the first half and, instead of being only 8-4 behind, it should have been 20-0 or something like that. I guess our defence kept us in the game.
"When we were reduced to 12 men we thought 'let's have a crack at them'. And, to tell the truth, I was surprised when I looked up and saw it was 22-20.
"We produced a short kick-off and scored two quick tries which got us back in the hunt but it got away from us a little too quickly after that."
Huddersfield: Grix; McGillvary, Wardle, Cudjoe, Hodgson; Brown, Robinson; Crabtree, Lunt, Mason, Gilmour, Ferguson, Fa'alogo.
Replacements: Faiumu, Griffin, Kirmond, Patrick.
Catalan Dragons: Greenshields; Blanch, Baile, Millard, Vaccari; Sa, Dureau; Ferriol, Henderson, Paea, Menzies, Raguin, Mounis.
Replacements: Simon, Fakir, Baitieri, Pelissier.
Referee: Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury).