With the exception of Villa, the Tigers have taken a total of at least three points from each of the sides beneath them this season.
A win at Villa Park this weekend can see Bruce’s side secure mathematical safety while a draw could effectively do the same and the Tigers are keen to get the job done.
“We’re in a terrific position and we’ve got three games left so let’s hope we can finish it off,” said Bruce.
“We’ve been around 11th, 12th, 13th place since last September and it’s important that we get a result on Saturday to stay in front of Aston Villa. If we’d said that at the start of the season I wouldn’t have thought it would be possible.
“What we’ve done better than most is taking points from the teams in and around us. We got a draw against Villa earlier in the season, we took six points from Sunderland, four from Cardiff, four from West Brom, four from Fulham, three from Norwich...all the teams that are in and around us at the bottom of the division. That is essential.
“That is where we’ve picked up the vast majority of our points and if we can get something at Villa tomorrow it will be terrific.
“Our game with Villa at home (0-0) was an awful affair and I think both Paul Lambert and myself said it was arguably the worst game of football we’d seen for a long while.
“But it’s all about the accumulation of points and our main aim was always to stay in this division and now we’re nearly there.”
While the Tigers are eyeing safety this weekend, Villa are in need of the points for their own reasons. Sitting two points behind Bruce’s side, they are just three points clear of the drop zone and will be keen for a result in their final home game of the season, especially with trips to Manchester City and Spurs to come, although Bruce admits it’s hard to see them falling further into trouble.
“Looking at it, the bottom three with two or three games to go have got it all on,” added Bruce.
“They’re now in a situation where they have to win. At this stage, it’s usually better to have points on the board.
“I think it’s going to be very difficult for the bottom teams to get to 36 points. They’ve got to get results and it’s very difficult when you’re chasing it.”