The Potters were forced to come from behind to pick up a point at the KC Stadium, despite Steve Bruce's men having James Chester sent off, much to the 50-year-old's relief
Stoke salvaged a share of the spoils after Ryan Shawcross bundled in a late leveller, following Nikica Jelavic's goal just before half-time.
The Tigers saw James Chester sent off after just 14 minutes and Hughes revealed that he was delighted to earn a point from the clash at the KC Stadium.
"Relieved is one of the emotions, but also frustration, given the circumstances we found ourselves in," said Hughes. "We didn't take the best out of that situation against a team with 10 men.
"First of all, we shouldn't have conceded a goal, because that makes it doubly difficult to overcome a side battling hard. In the second half, we needed to use a bit of guile and intelligence to understand what was required and we didn't do that to a large extent.
"But we kept going, we changed it around and we got Peter Crouch on, which helped as he gave us a different option, so we got something out of the game, but all credit to Hull on the day, who found themselves up against it and did really well.
"I suppose to get a point in our first away game is something to take out of the match, but we're not quite up to speed yet."