But Houston believes his team have already bounced back from that loss and are not motivated by revenge - just a desire to get up the Clydesdale Bank Premer League table.
United have taken 15 points from nine SPL games since that defeat on September 29 and victory at Tannadice on Saturday would put them two points behind second-placed Inverness with a game in hand.
Houston said: "I think it's still in their mind, the fact we were so poor that day after the first half hour. We let ourselves down.
"Sometimes it's a reality check for players and management and everyone connected with the football side of the club. We were all hurting for quite a wee while after that.
"I've got a great bunch of players, an honest bunch, and they knew they hadn't done well.
"They didn't down tools but they can do a lot better than they did. I think since then we have shown that.
"We have played well in matches, maybe not won them all. There have been games we have drawn after going behind that we could have won and should have won."
Houston, who could be missing Sean Dillon again because of a thigh injury, added: "It's not a case of revenge in any way. We are well past that. We don't think that because one team convincingly beat you, you want to get revenge.
"We think the next game we try to get revenge by winning. We have won the last couple of games and we are hoping to start a home run, which would pump us up the table, because our away form is good."