New signings Martin Olsson and Johan Elmander started their first games for the club and captain Sebastien Bassong also came in.
"After Saturday we made a decision that we wanted to go strong," Hughton said.
"I think, with respect to the competition and to Bury, I wouldn't have gone as strong tonight but I must admit it wouldn't have been far from it.
"What there are is lads who need games, three out of my back four haven't play regularly - Martin Olsson, Seb and Ryan Bennett - and they need the games and I thought they came through it very well.
"It was good for those who got 90 minutes under their belt, they needed it. If you look at the side we put out it was strong enough and had a fair amount of intent in that team.
"There is no doubt we were disappointed with the result [at Hull] and certainly the penalty that was given against us. The best way to bounce back from that is to try and get a good result, irrespective of who we were playing, and it is important to take that on."
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