The Canaries, knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Aston Villa here in midweek, made it five successive home league victories to continue their remarkable run of 10 Premier League matches unbeaten.
"It is not being negative, but for a club like ourselves, it is about keeping as big as gap as you can between us and down," said Hughton.
"There is no shame in saying that, it is a reality for clubs like ourselves.
"But our form at the moment has deserved it.
"We are a team which has to work very hard for the points we get, so there will be no getting carried away."