The Canaries' manager hailed his players after they battled to a 1-1 draw away to the Black Cats, despite having goalkeeper Mark Bunn sent off after only 30 minutes
Hughton's side were reduced to 10 men with only 30 minutes played, after goalkeeper Mark Bunn was dismissed for handling the ball outside his area.
Norwich, who had led through a Wes Hoolahan header, conceded before the break, but held on for a hard-fought point, much to the delight of their manager.
"Is it one of our best points of the season?" Hughton told the Eastern Daily Press. "I think it has to be when you are down to 10 men so early in the game and with the offensive quality they have got.
"There is no doubt what you get from a positive result when you have played free-flowing, attacking football but you also gain massively from showing the type of resilience we showed' he said.
"The disappointing thing of course is we had to take Wes [Hoolahan] off and with 11 men I think we looked capable of giving them a really good game.
"You really gain so much from this type of display."