The Canaries' first Premier League home defeat of 2013 - a 2-1 reverse at home to former boss Paul Lambert's Aston Villa - left them in real danger, just three points clear of the last relegation place with two games to go.
"We're in a battle. We know that. This was a game we wanted to get something from, a game we wanted to win," said Hughton.
"We haven't done that. We need to make sure we dust these players down and show a lot of the good things we did today.
"We have put ourselves in this position. We had an opportunity to win the game, to make sure we got something and I am massively disappointed that we weren't able to do that. That being the case, we have to go again and have a good week, analyse things, and make sure we come back strong next weekend."