The 54-year-old manager had been under pressure after back-to-back Premier League defeats, but was thrilled to see his side claim three points against Stoke at the Britannia
Norwich went into the game at the Britannia Stadium on the back of consecutive Premier League defeats to Tottenham and Aston Villa, leading to speculation that Hughton's position at Carrow Road could be under threat.
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"This is a tough place to come. We had really good spells were we dominated possession," he said.
"We coped with their threat, we had a bad result last week and we knew it was important to start well. We played with a high tempo and the players deserve everything.
"It's about picking up points and hopefully this will give us some confidence."
Howson's strike marked his first goal of the season, and the former Leeds United man felt that Norwich deserved to win by more.
"I think we deserved it in the end, we kept them to very limited chances, I think we set the tempo with how we started the game," he told Sky Sports.
"We'd had a few chances before that, it always helps when you are on top, it gave us confidence, we could have had a couple more on another day."