victim Jordan Turner when they return to action against Wigan next Thursday night.
“But we gave them too much ball and it took a lot of gas out of us.
“Late in the game we were out of energy and made some errors coming out of our own end trying to play catch-up.
“At the moment we’re a tired footy team, there’s not much petrol left in the tank.
“We’ve been up for a long time and won a lot of must-win games, but now we’re mentally shot.
“It still doesn’t excuse a team having put 40 points on you and we’ve got to make sure we’re up for the last two games.”
Castleford coach Daryl Powell says his side are in the perfect place to launch their bid for a maiden Super League title.
The Tigers came from 12-4 down to beat the Giants, scoring 40 points without reply to make it four wins in a row and move to within a point of second-placed Wigan.
“I thought we were really good, particularly with the way we’re defending at the moment,” Powell said. “We conceded a couple of soft ones at the start but after that we defended well.
“Over the last month I think we’ve conceded 10 and a half points a game which is really good.
“We’ve got a lot of players playing really well at the moment and as a team we’re just getting better.
“Huddersfield are very good how they defend and it took us a while to break them down. I think that patient side of our game is really going to help us.”
Powell hailed the performance of second rower Junior Moors, who scored two of the Tigers’ eight tries. Paul McShane kicked six goals from seven attempts.