The Canaries turned over Arsenal and Manchester United during their 10-match unbeaten Premier League run but have now lost three on the spin following the 4-3 loss to champions Manchester City.
Hughton said: "The real plusses are we have played away at West Brom, who had a wonderful season, the Champions League winners (Chelsea) and now the Premier League winners in consecutive games and have been in all of them, losing by just one goal, so that is a measure of where we are.
"For clubs like ourselves always look at it as a bonus when you get scalps against the big ones and we were fortunate to have two of those here.
"But we are not unrealistic of how difficult it is and the quality these sides have.
"Our season will not be defined on these matches, it will be about making sure we get enough points when we can elsewhere."
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