The Cherries set about their dominance early on as they retained possession well and limited Villa to very few clear-cut chances, before taking to lead in first-half stoppage time through Steve Cook.
Josh King doubled Bournemouth’s lead in the second period, and Jordan Ayew’s late consolation wasn’t enough to change the animosity evidently growing inside a frustrated Villa Park.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Howe felt his side deserved all three points and commented how the Villa Park atmosphere was toxic which subsequently put both sides on edge throughout.
"This was really important for us. It was a hard game. It was very nervy from both teams but I thought we dominated the ball and deserved it in the end,” Howe told the BBC.
"It was a difficult game to play in because of the toxic atmosphere. We made it that way with the way we started.”
With Norwich City losing at Crystal Palace, Villa’s impending relegation to the Championship was delayed by a further week with 15 points separating the Midlands club from safety with five games to go.
Now should be the time to start planning towards a season in the Championship, yet Eric Black has yet to really shake-up his starting eleven with supporters wanting to see more youth players involved.
It will be interesting to see how many of Villa’s current first-team squad will still be at the club come next August, with only a handful to come out of this season with any credit at all.