Former QPR defender Kaspars Gorkss put Reading ahead in the 16th minute after Sean Morrison had hit the bar from a corner but the hosts improved as the match went on and Djibril Cisse equalised 24 minutes from time.
Hughes said: "We're disappointed because we didn't get the three points we wanted but you've got to give credit to the opposition.
"In the first half we knew what they were going to do, we've prepared for it all week and it shouldn't have been a shock to us. But we came back.
"I think the vast majority of fans understand the team was trying really hard not to just sit on a 1-1 draw, and they appreciated that. We're working exceptionally hard on a daily basis to turn this around and we'll get there, we know that.
"The sooner it turns around the better, not so much in terms of staying in this league but we anticipated before the season started that we would have a really successful season.
"The longer this run goes on then that successful season is in danger and we might obviously be involved in the situation we were in last season.
"We need a little break, things didn't go for us today, but in terms of what the players are giving myself and the club I can't fault that."