The meeting of last year's top two placed teams fully lived up to its billing in a match of high intensity and ferocious defence which must have left watching Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs and England caretaker manager Stuart Pearce in awe.
Wigan's Pat Richards scored a try and kicked two goals to reach 2,000 points for his club but Hodgson had the final say, kicking five of his six goal attempts to edge an even contest, watched by a crowd of 21,267 at the DW Stadium.
Richards kicked an early penalty which took him past 2,000 points but Warrington crossed from their first meaningful attack. Half-backs Lee Briers and Richie Myler moved the ball out to the left where centre Ryan Atkins proved unstoppable from 10 yards, taking Darrell Goulding and Josh Charnley over the line with him.
Hodgson's touchline goal made it 6-2 but Wigan forward Gareth Hock levelled the scores on 18 minutes, forcing his way over for a try from acting half-back, and Richards' second goal restored the Warriors' lead before substitute Liam Farrell's break set up the position for hooker Michael McIlorum to add a second try on 26 minutes.
Warrington winger Joel Monaghan took Hodgson's cut-out pass to dive over at the corner five minutes before half-time and bring his side to within two points. Hodgson was inches wide with the goalkick but levelled the scores on the stroke of half-time with his first penalty.
The try-saving heroics continued in the second half, with Chris Riley halting Tomkins' trademark mazy run, but it set up the position for George Carmont to get Richards over at the corner.
Charnley, who took over the goalkicking with Richards nursing a thigh injury, was off target for the second time but re-established his side's six-point lead with a penalty.
Briers then intercepted Thomas Leuluai's pass to score Warrington's third try and Hodgson's goal made it 18-18.
A second Charnley penalty on 55 minutes edged the home side back in front but Hodgson levelled the scores for a fourth time with a 67th-minute penalty and, as Wigan continued to incur the wrath of referee Richard Silverwood, the veteran full-back added another from 40 metres out to settle it.