The Welshman reached his half century on Friday, the day before Stoke take on high-flying Southampton at the Britannia Stadium.
It is a landmark weekend for the club as well as their manager, with Stoke racking up 200 Premier League games, but anything less than a win could see them drop into the relegation zone.
Hughes has been praised for impact he has had on Stoke's style of play since taking over from Tony Pulis in the summer, but he knows results are what matters most.
"I always said at the beginning we'll keep the best elements of what's given success to Stoke in the past and we'll try to add a bit more creative play in the final third if we can," he said.
"To all intents and purposes I think that's what we've done. We've had a hard period, we've played nine games and we've played a number of the top sides in the Premier League.
"Performance wise there's been very few games where I've been disappointed with what we've produced, but we can't keep on saying that and at the weekend we need to get a positive result.
"Victories shape your whole weekend so if I'm going to have a good birthday weekend then we need to win."
Stoke's only home victory in the league this season came against Crystal Palace back in August, with their next three games at the Britannia bringing two points.
Coupled with three away defeats in succession in the league, it means the Potters have picked up just one point from their past five games.
Their most recent defeat came at Old Trafford last weekend, when Stoke twice led but went on to lose 3-2.
In midweek they beat Birmingham on penalties to reach the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup, but positivity about the outcome was severely tempered by the fact their opponents played for 75 minutes with 10 men and Stoke had led 3-1 with five minutes of normal time remaining.
Ryan Shawcross spoke frankly afterwards about the team's performance, and Hughes had no problem with his captain's straight talking.
He said: "Ryan was just making the point that in similar circumstances in future there would be a different mentality and a better focus. Ryan will always hold his hands up if he personally is culpable.
"We have spoken about it since and all the guys understand we need to do better in a situation where we should have seen the game out comfortably.
"But you look back at the week we've just had. We've arguably had one of the best performances at Old Trafford for many years from a Stoke side and we're through to the quarter-finals of the League Cup, so I don't think it's that bad a week."
If Stoke are to end their poor home run, they will have to inflict a first defeat on Southampton since August.
Mauricio Pochettino's side have been the surprise package of the season so far and head into the weekend just one point and one place outside the top four.
Hughes said: "We're facing a good team. Southampton have had a great start and are on a good run of form, and you can see why, because they work exceptionally hard and make it difficult to play your own game.
"They have a certain way of playing and what's happening is all the players are committing to what they're trying to achieve in each game, and it's working.
"They've got good players, they invested a lot of money in the summer. Credit to them.
"It's a good club, a club I was at for a short period of time, and I really enjoyed working down there. It's different circumstances because we were at the wrong end but it was always a club with good people and good fans.
"We've got to be up for that challenge and make sure we start addressing our home form. We need to improve in terms of what we've produced at home and the weekend is the best place to start."