QPR are still waiting for a first Premier League win of the season after Charlie Adam's second-half goal earned Stoke victory at the Britannia Stadium.
Hughes felt his side controlled the game for large parts and also handled the threat posed by Stoke, but saw his team lack a killer touch in front of goal.
"We keep on having the same conversations game after game," Hughes told Sky Sports.
"We controlled the game for large periods and created good chances, but when those moments come you've got to take them and if you don't, being the away side you're going to be under pressure a little bit.
"The way Stoke play, they will put the ball into the box and it was a shame for the guys at the back, who were magnificent today. They stood up to the challenge really well.
"They made a mistake on the goal and allowed a free shot, but up to that period, in terms of play and getting the ball down, our passing and moving was good in that respect."
When asked about the importance of scoring the first goal, Hughes added: "It always is, whoever you're playing and whatever level you're playing at, but particularly in the Premier League.
"You're up against accomplished players and Stoke have been in the Premier League a long time.
"When you go behind it becomes difficult. Credit to the guys, they really stuck at it and kept on trying to do the right things."