Although the 25-year-old featured regularly under Tony Pulis, who departed the Britanna Stadium at the end of last season and now manages Crystal Palace, he prefers the approach implemented by his successor.
A greater emphasis on keeping possession has been a feature of Hughes's reign and N'Zonzi was among the goalscorers in a 4-1 win at Aston Villa on Sunday that lifted the Potters to 10th.
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"I like it better because it is what I was used to when I was a boy and that is what we are trying to do with Mark Hughes.
"It takes time to do it better than we did it before but, in the last two games [a 3-1 win over West Ham and then the Villa victory], we did it."
Despite expressing satisfaction at Stoke's progress, N'Zonzi remains non-committal over his future plans.
"I am happy here - let's focus on this season, that is the most important," he added.
"Everybody is talking about what will happen next season but, as a player, you do not know. You just focus on this season."