City last lifted a major piece of silverware in the 1976 League Cup final, but are in a promising position in the Uefa Cup.
Hughes' side are the sole Premier League survivors in the tournament and face Danish outfit AaB Aalborg in the first leg of the last 16 on Thursday night.
With several big clubs having already fallen by the wayside, City are favourites to win the Uefa Cup and Hughes is eager to live up to that billing.
Trying to change"It's been a long time to go without a trophy for this club, too long," said Hughes.
"For the time they've been in the top tier they should have won more trophies or been competing at a level to be able to think they could win.
"We're trying to change the mentality of everyone connected here and that takes time, but we're starting that process and will be helped if we can progress in the Uefa Cup. The standing the club has in Europe is important, obviously.
"The fact we've been able to get to the latter stages and are the last English club is important to us and that has been noted.
"We want to stay in this trophy for as long as we can."