The German hit the back of the net for the first time in seven games to help Brighton claim a crucial 3-1 win against West Ham on Saturday.
Gross was key to helping the Seagulls enjoy a strong first half the campaign, having arrived in the summer from Ingolstadt, and he also laid on his sixth assist of the term against the Hammers when he set up Glenn Murray for the opener.
Hughton believes the midfielder’s return to the scoresheet could be the timely boost they need as they look to beat the drop.
“I think that will be big for him. With Pascal there is always that balance. We know the type of player he is, he is not going to sprint past players, but he has a lovely ability on the ball and he gives the team so much,” Hughton said.
“Pascal, with the finishing ability he has got, arguably should score more goals and in the position he is playing a little bit higher up, you can see the type of player he is.
“Always that type of player can be a bit hit and miss – that is the nature of that position – but he is a player capable of getting goals.”
Uwe Rosler was sacked by Fleetwood following a 3-0 reverse at Doncaster which condemned Town to a seventh straight defeat in all competitions.
Cambridge interim head coach Joe Dunne was pleased with how his side adapted to beat Grimsby 3-1.
Southend manager Chris Powell led the applause for Jason Demetriou after the right-back scored twice in the 3-1 win against Portsmouth at Roots Hall.
Morecambe boss Jim Bentley was the happier manager after Gregg Wylde's 90th-minute strike earned his side a point in their 1-1 draw with Forest Green.
Manager Gareth Ainsworth described Wycombe's 2-0 win at Cheltenham as a thoroughly professional performance.
Skipper Richard Wood scored the winner just before half time as in-form Rotherham pulled off a 1-0 victory at League One leaders Shrewsbury.