Howe's men round off their season on Sunday afternoon with a trip to face Leicester, who have themselves ended the season strongly since controversially replacing Claudio Ranieri with assistant Craig Shakespeare in March.
Speaking ahead of this weekend's meeting at the King Power Stadium, Howe told reporters: "The first year in the Premier League was tough. This season has been harder, the players deserve a lot of credit. It's been a good season to this point but we want to finish the season strong.
"Leicester play tonight [against Tottenham Hotspur], but I don't think it has a huge bearing on Sunday. Every Premier League game has been competitive.
"Craig Shakespeare has done an outstanding job. When he took over they were in trouble and had a tough run, including the Champions League.
"Continuity's important for us. I think players need time to learn our philosophy but we want to keep the group together and add to it. I'd be reluctant to make too many changes on Sunday. Every position is worth so much in the Premier League."