Bruce and his squad endured "torture" as they were made to wait on the outcome of Watford's result against Leeds after their own pulsating encounter against champions Cardiff, which had a sending off, two penalties and a mini pitch invasion in the final eight minutes, finished 2-2.
When the final whistle sounded in East Yorkshire there was still plenty of time left at Vicarage Road because of a first-half injury and one goal would have seen the Hornets finish second.
Yet it was Brian McDermott's men who would get the goal which gave Leeds a 2-1 win and sparked joyous celebrations for Bruce and his men back in the bowels of their stadium.
"I've been in the game a long, long time and I don't think I've ever seen or witnessed anything quite like that," said Bruce afterwards. "The 10, 12 minutes was just ridiculous and having to wait.. We've seen people in tunnels, people walking in corridors, people hiding in toilets, it was just really incredible.
"And for Leeds to score, it was just remarkable and just shows you how difficult a league this is. To get up without any strikers for three months is just a remarkable testament to this squad.
"Even when we went 1-0 down I thought 'This is going to test them' and they've come out again and shown what a great bunch they are.
"They might not be as naturally talented but they're a great bunch and they've got a huge desire which has took us where we wanted to be."
Paul McShane, one of Hull's goal scorers, said: "I thought it was over and was thinking of the play-offs. I couldn't have written this better. We made it hard but we saved the best until the last day."
Team-mate George Boyd was one of those who hid in the changing rooms. He said: "I couldn't watch it. Leeds have done us a massive favour and well done to them for putting on a show. They could have easily thrown it in but they did us a favour."
- Sports & Recreation