Midfielder sweeps home first half winner against the Robins
The Canaries have now taken seven points from their first three games of the campaign, following an opening day win at Blackburn Rovers and a 0-0 stalemate with Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
"We've had a nice start and have to keep it going as long as possible," Howson told Norwich City TV after the game.
"If you look at it now it was probably a good point against Sheffield Wednesday. At the time obviously we wanted to win, but they will probably be up there this season.
"That wasn't a bad result in the end, especially when we followed it up with a win. It's a hard league to get out of so it's good to make a positive start."
Howson, who has taken the armband in the season's first three matches, remained typically keen to shun individual acclaim despite scoring City's winner against the Robins.
"It's always nice to get on the scoresheet but the three points are more important," he added.
"In Russ' absence, captaining the side is a nice achievement for myself. It's something I'm proud to do.
"We've got a very good squad so I'm happy to be out on the pitch, and I'll do whatever the manager asks of me."