The 34-year-oldâs top flight career ended seven years ago, after he was jailed for six years for causing death by dangerous driving.
He served half of that sentence and is rebuilding his shattered career, first with Oldham and now County.
Hughes said: âIt definitely gives me a lift.
âWhen we knocked Sunderland out, I just wanted to show people I can still do it.
âIâm enjoying it here. I scored 33 goals last season and have no regrets coming here.â
Hughes is mates with City keeper Joe Hart and says those questioning the England keeper after a couple of high-profile mistakes are wrong.
He said: âMistakes wonât affect him. Heâs the best in the league.â