"I felt the Hibs performance was good," he said. "We had to come to Celtic and be hard-working and solid and I think that was evident.
"I think we could have got something but not when you concede early goals in each half, especially the second one which gave us a mountain to climb.
"But I've been in football and it will turn.
"We just need to stick together, that result will come and then you are up and running."
Hughes, though, bridles at the suggestion that the absence from his team of Sol Bamba and Colin Nish might have had something to do with their rumoured clash in the dressing room at Rugby Park, following the midweek Co-operative Insurance Cup defeat by Kilmarnock.
"They are both injured," he snapped.