Both sides had their chances to claim a first win in five games, the best of these a Ross spot-kick that United goalkeeper Radoslaw Czerniak saved, but neither could find a winner.
Hughes accepted that in the context of the game, a draw may have been fair, but knew his side had passed up a glorious chance to take all three points.
He said "I thought it was a good football match. It was two good, footballing teams.
"We missed the best chance of the game in the penalty, which could have won it for us.
"We rode our luck a wee bit with them hitting the post, but overall was a draw a fair result? Possibly, yes.
"Once again the boys were magnificent. We're a wee bit short on players.
"We're putting round pegs in square holes, but I thought young (Liam) Polworth and (Graeme) Shinnie - a left-back in midfield - were different class."