Mame Diouf headed home a thoroughly deserved leveller for his side five minutes from time after Thibaut Courtois failed to adequately deal with Xherdan Shaqiri's powerful centre.
Yet despite coming from behind to claim a point, Hughes was left to wonder what might have been had it not been for the heroics of Blues stopper Thibaut Courtois.
"We feel a little bit hard done by to be perfectly honest given the control we had on the game and the number of good opportunities we created throughout the game," he said in the post-match press conference.
"We had two or three really good chances which we weren't able to convert prior to the break unfortunately, and then lo and behold we go and get caught on the break and fall behind.
"When you fall behind right before half-time against the run of play you can become a little deflated and find it difficult to get going again.
"Thankfully, the lads showed superb character and were encouraged by their showing at the break and they went back out there and regained control of the game.
"We kept doing what we had been doing and forced Chelsea back for long periods, and as the half progressed I was convinced that we would score the next goal.
"Thankfully that proved to be the case when Diouffy netted for us - although it was slightly fortunate given the fact that I was just about to take the lad off.
"That is the little bit of luck that you need on occasions though, so we will happily take that.
"It was no less than we deserved, and from my point of view we could have won it late on when Courtois made an outstanding save to deny Bojan."
He added: "We came here and showed great belief and picked up our first point here since 1984, so that is another step forward for the group who did something that no other Stoke team have done for a long time."