Adel Taarabt scored a wonder goal in the 3-2 defeat.
Hughes said: "I thought Adel was excellent. He deserved a starting place, scored a fantastic goal and his overall performance and determination to make things happen for us was creditable.
"I'm pleased for him because he is an important player for us and it's important he starts to show form.
"Ryan Nelsen was also outstanding at the back in terms of his commitment and determination to affect the game.
"But we need the vast majority of the team doing that."