The Canaries squad returned to Norfolk today following a warm-weather training break in Abu Dhabi which Hughton hopes will rejuvenate the group ahead of the closing 12 matches of what has been a campaign of extremes.
After failing to win any of the first seven league outings, Norwich then went on an unbeaten run from mid-October until they stuttered again losing all four of their top-flight games over Christmas and were then dumped out of the FA Cup at home by non-league Luton.
Hughton has at least been able to steady what looked a fast-sinking ship by guiding his men through three fixtures without defeat, albeit all draws and scoring just one goal.
Norwich host Everton when league action resumes on February 23, and they will aim to protect a slender six-point cushion over third-bottom Reading.
Hughton knows from here on in, it is all about pushing through the fabled 40-points barrier by any means possible.
"We have got 12 games left, and whichever way we get the points, we have to get them," Hughton said.
"There is only one priority and target - to make sure we are in this league next season."