Slaven Bilic will don a Manchester United scarf next Saturday in the hope Louis Van Gaal's men can send West Ham into Europe.
For Stoke, it was a first win in seven matches and took them to a ninth-placed finish for the third successive season under Hughes.
Potters goalkeeper Shay Given then made a point-blank double save between two goal-line clearances from team-mate Glenn Whelan, who on the second occasion hacked away a ball that was inches from fully crossing after coming off Cheikhou Kouyate.
"Whatever happens, and whoever the gaffer picks, me and Darren will help each other along out there, if we are both selected in the squad of course". "We were a different class after we got the goal in the first half".
But there is still one more important encounter to attend to, and the focus will remain on beating Southampton and Liverpool to a place in the top six, while fifth place in far from out of their reach. We said at half-time that if it was basketball we would have been 15 or 20 points clear, but it is football.
Marcos Rojo is having one of his worst seasons in the sport and is doing nothing great for the team.
The defeat last weekend at Crystal Palace was symptomatic of the way things have gone over recent weeks, with cheap goals being conceded and a failure to make the most of their tidiness going forward.
"It's a magnificent achievement to finish ninth again and there's a really good feeling in the dressing room", said Hughes.
"No, it is fantastic".
"Overall it was a great season and we hope Man United win the FA Cup and then we will be in the qualification for the Europa League".
In quotes posted on West Ham's official Twitter feed, Bilic said: "Dimi got a kick on the foot early on in the Manchester United game".
West Ham now face an anxious wait to see if they will start life at their new home in the Olympic Stadium next season with European action on the fixture list.
Bilic's side sensed the opportunity to grab the game by the scruff of the neck and Antonio was only fractionally too high with a shot from the edge of the box.
"He tried to put the boot on [on Saturday] and that was really painful - it is a dodgy spot on his foot".
A very dramatic, yet an emotional game was played a couple of nights ago at Boleyn ground.