The Canaries fell behind to a Rickie Lambert effort, but came back through Robert Snodgrass, whose free-kick evaded Saints goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.
Norwich are now without a loss in their last seven games following a disappointing start to the season and Hughton feels the grit they showed on field displayed why their form has improved:
“The players are doing something right.” He told SkySports.
“When you look at the latter part of the game and we’re still attacking, still pushing forward trying to get the win, it shows the character.
“I’ve got a squad, particularly a bench, that is desperate to play. We have real competition for places and, at the moment, that is the key.
“Points in this division are very tough to get. At the moment, we are getting them.
“We’ve kept the run going. The performance warranted the result. I saw them play on Sunday and they played very, very well against Newcastle.
“They’ve got a lot of very good footballers in the team and you have to defend very well against them.”
However, there was one sour not for the manager who saw captain Grant Holt storm down the tunnel following his substitution, but he played down the situation:
“It’s not about the captain – it’s about a group of players that I’ve got that are totally committed,
“I certainly don’t want to see players that are happy not to play and are happy to be brought off.
“My responsibility is to look after the squad and try and get the best out of them.
“If that means players showing a little bit of passion and desire, then I can certainly settle for that.”