Hughton believes it could go a long way towards shaping the remainder of their campaign.
"It's difficult to play a normal game against City. We knew defensively we had to have a good shape, but we also knew we had to be a threat," said Hughton, who was without Ryan Bennett, Robert Snodgrass and Jonas Gutierrez through injury.
"We had to be disciplined and also a threat on the ball and keep possession. I thought we did most things right today.
"We were up against arguably the best team in the country and you have to show something.
"We will have to show a lot of that when we go to West Ham (on Tuesday night), we will certainly need a fair chunk of what we had today."
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