The Canaries host West Ham in Saturday's late kick-off looking to respond to the 7-0 humiliation at Manchester City, which was the Norfolk club's sixth defeat in their opening 10 Barclays Premier League matches and leaves them slumped in 18th place.
Having lost to both Chelsea and Arsenal, as well as Manchester United in the Capital One Cup, before being taken apart by Manuel Pellegrini's men, Norwich now enter a run of fixtures from which they would expect a positive return to start moving up the table.
However, Hughton - who will be without record-signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel again because of the Holland forward's foot injury - maintains the team will not be about to lose sight of the bigger picture even if things do not immediately go to plan from kick-off against the Irons.
"Yes, possibly there will be times during the game when it might be difficult to break down a side like West Ham, who have been defensively very good, and that is when we might need a little bit of patience - that applies to the team as much as the supporters," said Hughton, who should have Scotland winger Robert Snodgrass available again following concussion.
"We can't be throwing players forward at will. We have to get things right tactically so that might mean there are periods or lulls in the game which might lead to some frustrations.
"All I can say is I know our supporters have been right behind us this season and that will not change this weekend - we will need them again."
Hughton may be short odds to become the next Premier League manager fired, but the former Newcastle and Birmingham boss is not about to hit the panic button just yet.
"There is no need to set the alarm bells ringing," said Hughton, who kept Norwich up last season after being appointed successor to Paul Lambert.
"If we win on Saturday we go above West Ham and it changes the perceptions a little bit.
"What we can't do is look at the negatives. For me, they are in the past.
"We made sure we closed down last week's game as quickly as we could."
Hughton retains the backing of the boardroom - although it was only a few weeks ago chairman Alan Bowkett warned the expectation was of a top-10 finish following an unprecedented summer investment of some B£25million to improve the squad.
"I am convinced I will get the time to turn it around," Hughton said at a press conference.
"We are possibly one or two results from being in a half decent position in the league, so it is not as if we are bottom and cut adrift.
"That, of course, doesn't make the feeling any better and we don't want to be in the bottom three, but we have everybody pushing in the right direction."
Hughton added: "I speak to the chief executive and the board on a regular basis and there isn't anyone at this football club who doesn't want us to make progress.
"Everybody is hurting right now - not just me and the players, but the board and the fans. We all want the same things."