The midfielder opened his Premier League account as the Potters claimed all three points and his manager was impressed with his all-round performance
The midfielder opened his Premier League account with a stunning volley after nine minutes at the Vitality Stadium.
Ibrahim Afellay and Joselu were also on target and Hughes said: "It was a great goal from Giannelli Imbula who all game showed great calmness and an understanding of what's required.
"I'm pleased for him and pleased for his team-mates as well.
"We then got two quickfire goals in the second half and that took the game away from them.
"Apart from the injuries that we seem to be picking up at the moment it was a real positive day."
Glen Johnson limped off shortly after half-time having landed awkwardly and Marc Muniesa was also forced off with a hamstring complaint, but Hughes instead opted to focus on the positives.
"We came with a good game plan and allowed Bournemouth to come on to us," he added.
"We conceded more possession than usual, but felt we would have more chances on the break and that's how it panned out thankfully."