The Royals, promoted from Division Two last season, have taken the league by storm and currently occupy eighth place, just two points adrift of the play-off places.
After losing at Preston, Hughsey admits to victories and two clean sheets was the right way to get back on-track.
He told readingfc.co.uk: "It was the perfect way because we were disappointed at Preston as we played very well in the first half and should have got something out of the game. If we can keep clean sheets we'll be a threat on the break."
There is a quiet confidence amongst the supporters after some fantastic recent performances. Many believe that the team can push on and maybe secure a play-off position come May.
However, Hughes admits the goal is to finish mid-table with anything better being a bonus. He is not getting carried away with the team's lofty league position.
He commented: "Our target was to stay up and maybe finish mid-table. We're only concentrating on single results. If any bonuses come along the way we'll take them."