The victory was earned by Bradley Johnson's header.
Hughton, though, accepted the Canaries could have given themselves more breathing space during the closing stages this afternoon, when the hosts soaked up plenty of pressure.
"You cannot be too disappointed when you have won the game, but we could have made life better for ourselves," he said.
"We needed to put a little more pressure on them, we could have done better when we had the ball and had two very good chances apart from scoring the goal.
"We should have pressed more, but that takes a lot of energy, especially when you are playing against a team like Stoke.
"But I thought we dealt with it very well and apart from Kenwyne Jones' header we restricted them to a couple of half-chances."