"It's a massive three points no matter what Rangers side you're facing," he said.
"Our guys came in shaking their heads in disappointment.
"But it's games like this when you don't play well and get three points that make the difference.
"We played better in the first half against Celtic last week and got beaten. The difference is we go one up this time.
"We started the second half on fire and got the second goal through a great cross from Gary Mackay-Stevens to Jon Daly.
"But, after that, we put ourselves under pressure with poor decision making.
"We got deeper and deeper, no matter how many times I shouted to get them up the park.
"This group of players work very hard and their attitude is spot on," enthused Houston.
"We're scoring goals and keeping the door locked at the back."