Snow swirled in sub-zero temperatures at Turf Moor as both sides did little to warm a sparse crowd, but Stephen Quinn produced a clinical left-footed finish in the 66th minute after substitutes Robert Koren and Jay Simpson had combined in the game's one true moment of quality.
Victory ended Hull's dismal run of seven consecutive defeats against their opponents and Bruce was delighted to see his team move up to second in the npower Championship, three points behind leaders Cardiff.
"I'm sure the Sky people were on demand in switching over to something on the History Channel because certainly by about 60 minutes I was ready to," Bruce said.
"It was never going to be pretty on the type of night that it is and fair play to you lot (journalists) if you've managed to scribble anything down worthy of any note.
"It was a horrible hard evening, but if you're going to be successful and win leagues then you've got to sometimes come to places like this on a horrible night and get something. That's what we've done."
Following three consecutive defeats away from home, conceding four apiece at Bolton and Crystal Palace in their last two, Bruce was pleased to see a welcome resilience return to Hull's play.
"We wanted to make sure there was a determination about us not to concede and we reminded a few what their jobs are," he said.
"Before those two games, that's what we've built our season on - we've played some wonderful football but defensively, up until a week ago, we had the second best defensive record in the league."