Hughes has tried to implement a more flowing style of play at the club since becoming manager last summer.
And he feels people are now really seeing that the Potters are moving in the right direction.
"I think people are recognising that now," he said.
"I always said it was a slow process, and that remaining difficult to beat was key to it.
"We have done, certainly here, but some of our play has been excellent too and I am really encouraged by that."
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