The Canada international, who also suffered internal bleeding after being elbowed by Sheffield United skipper Chris Morgan at Oakwell in November, played most of the second half in Tuesday's 1-0 win against Gainsborough.
Hume told the club's official website: "After eight months just getting back out there was brilliant. I have to admit that I was a close to tears when I ran onto the pitch because of everything and the fact that it had been so long.
"It was a great reception. It was not just the Barnsley supporters and players, it was both teams and everybody in the stadium. It was such a fantastic ovation.
Hume added: "It's not over. Not by a long way. It was a big step getting onto a football pitch again, but things are far from over in my eyes. I still have a lot to do and I'm way behind the rest of the lads in terms of match fitness.
"To be fair I would not get a look in at the moment because Kayode (Odejayi), Jon (Macken), Daniel (Bogdanovic) and Onome (Sodje) have had great pre-seasons. Tuesday night was the first step back and I'm looking forward to the next one."