Barton played through jeers from the travelling Wigan fans as QPR moved out of the relegation zone.
"He's a big personality and he can deal with that, he thrives on it," Hughes said.
"Some players carry that well, carry it on their shoulders and it doesn't affect them at all.
"I thought he played really well. Other players try to shy away from all that because it affects their performance level. But for Joey it's water off a duck's back."