The 19-year-old midfielder broke the deadlock during the recent triumph over Bournemouth, as the teenager capitalised on a good "return" from Chris Martin in order to open the scoring for the Rams at the iPro Stadium, before Martin himself doubled the club's advantage.
"I wasn’t actually looking for the return from Chris because I thought he’d cross it, but he pulled it back, I managed to get it out from under my feet and hit it," Hughes said to the club's official website. "Thankfully it went in."
He continued: "I feel like I’m playing well at the moment, but that doesn’t happen if the team aren’t playing well around me.
"I’ve always said at the start of each season that I want to improve my goal tally and that’s no different this season."
Last season he returned four goals and six assists from 44 league appearances but in eight Championship starts (another two as a substitute) this season, Hughes has scored two goals from nine shots - an extraordinary conversion rate of one goal for every 4.5 shots.
With that conversion rate, Hughes has the precision in front of goal to score more frequently - but considering he attempts less than one shot every game, it is clear he must also take more chances. If he were to attempt twice as many shots with the same accuracy, his goal return would double.
Of course, personal achievements count for little in a team sport, as Hughes noted: "As long as the team wins, that’s the most important thing. I think we were all brilliant [against Bournemouth], especially defensively, getting a third clean sheet on the bounce."
Derby County are currently fourth in the Championship table.