The perennial Well super sub scored in the Lanarkshire men's amazing comeback win at Hibs last time out and has St Mirren firmly in his sights ahead of tonight's SPL clash.
But with speculation linking Henrik Ojamaa with a January move to Polish cracks Lech Poznan and Rangers reportedly tracking Jamie Murphy, McHugh knows that his chance to finally nail down a starting place in the new year and earn a new deal at the end of the season may not be far away.
As a result, the modest hitman has doubled his efforts on the training pitch and is desperate to back up last week's strike success at Hibs when the Fir Parkers travel to Paisley tonight.
McHugh said: "I was delighted to get back in among the goals last week at Hibs and hopefully I can repeat that tonight at St Mirren Park.
"There has been a lot of speculation linking some of the other boys with this club and that club, but what is vital for me is that I just keep my head down and do everything I can to try and get into the starting XI.
"I have worked really hard in recent weeks and the manager (Stuart McCall) has been really supportive and given me a lot of encouragement.
"I have been getting more and more game time and it is vital I make the most of that.
"No one knows what will happen in the new year, but what is vital for me is that I finish 2012 off as strongly as I can and try and be in the best possible position to kick-on if an opportunity opens up at the club.
"I'm like any other striker and after getting my first goal for a while at Easter Road I am hungry for more.
"The best possible Christmas present I could get would be to help Motherwell win in Paisley tonight and hopefully score in the process."
Tonight's short trip to Renfrewshire will have Motherwell attempting to record their fifth win on the bounce away from Fir Park.
Well are the form team in the SPL at the moment, with 14 points from a possible 18 in their last six games.
And after coming from two goals behind at Hibs last time out, McHugh says confidence is high in the Steelmen's ranks.
The 21-year-old revealed: "Coming from behind like that against a Hibs team who have been going so well was massive for us.
"We have four games now in the next 12 days and this is a hugely important part of the season.
"At the same time though the last time we played St Mirren at our place we were maybe a bit lucky to get a point and we are under no illusions as to how tough it will be to keep our winning run on the road going.
"The key for us is that we must start this game like we finished the last one at Hibs. If we do that then we will be fine."