The west London side arguably controlled proceedings against the Potters but lost out on a share of the points thanks to a Charlie Adam strike in the 52nd minute.
Defeat leaves the Rs bottom of the Premier League and five points adrift of safety but Hughes is keen to keep spirits up.
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“Other teams will have periods where it doesn’t quite go right for them, but it’s up to us to be strong and understand that we have to make it happen – and we will do.”
The 49-year-old was keen to highlight his team's improved defensive performance, but admitted they are currently struggling to score goals.
“It was a shame for the guys at the back. I thought they were magnificent today. They stood up to the challenge really, really well," Hughes continued.
"In terms of our play and passing and movement, I thought we were good in that respect. But we created chances that you have to take at Premier League level.”