It was the 32-year-old's third goal in as many games since joining Stoke from Cardiff City in January, and the striker admits that he is enjoying his football once again under Hughes.
"I am very pleased, maybe not with the performance but we dug deep. We didn't create enough in the first half but we knew we had to be committed today," he told reporters.
"I am enjoying my football here and my team-mates are brilliant with me. We hope to continue that."
City travel to West London for a clash with Chelsea next Saturday.