Begovic admitted the arrival of new manager Hughes had inevitably livened up Stoke's dressing room ahead of the new campaign.
"It has given everyone a bit of a fresh start and a little bit of a boost," he explained to The Sentinel.
"Everyone is having to go out to try to play well in front of a new manager.
"It's a new era, a new organisation and it's given everyone a bit of an edge.
"We have worked well and now you can see things are coming together."