Gary Hooper's goal on 30 minutes proved enough to give the Canaries a much-needed victory.
"It feels like a big win for us," Hughton said.
"We played very well in the first half and scored a good goal, but we knew they would come back.
"It is never comfortable viewing when you look at the league table and you are in a position you do not want to be in, so whatever places we have jumped tonight is a nice feeling."
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