England goalkeeper Butland made his first start for the club and pulled off several fine saves as Stoke held on to a 2-1 victory at the Britannia Stadium.
Stoke number one Asmir Begovic suffered a badly broken finger just before Christmas and will be missing for several weeks, and number two Thomas Sorensen picked up an Achilles problem against Everton on Wednesday.
Hughes said: "We scored two good goals. It gave them a little bit of encouragement with the goal we conceded so the last five or 10 minutes was a little bit frenetic, we had to defend well.
"I thought Jack stepped up to the mark over that period, making two good saves for us. I thought he was really assured in his work today and showed what everybody at the club knows, and most people outside the club know, that he's an outstanding young keeper."
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