Speaking after the big win, Boro boss Neil Warnock insisted: "We had to win today. I said to the players we have to try and get wins on the board now really.
“I thought once we sorted the first ten minutes out where we were getting battered really, we had to change it completely. Once we did that I thought we were on our game.
“I thought we dominated certain areas and broke ever so quickly, even in the second half I thought we broke at pace and could have scored a few more.
Next up, Boro are back in action tomorrow evening, when they take on Preston North End at the Riverside Stadium. The last time the two sides met, Middlesbrough were hammered 3-0 at Deepdale, and will be out for revenge against Alex Neil's side this time around.
Here are today's biggest transfer stories and the latest team news involving Middlesbrough and the rest of the Championship, as the build-up to the upcoming weekend's action begins:
5. Ex-Barnsley boss favourite for Portsmouth job
Former Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel has been tipped as the current front-runner to land the Portsmouth job, ahead of ex-Millwall manager Neil Harris. Stendel has been without a job since leaving Hearts last year. (SkyBet)
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6. Watford stopper laps up last minute winner
Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann claimed "there is nothing better in football" following his side's last-minute winner against Cardiff City last weekend. The win saw the Hornets hang on to their 2nd place spot in the table. (Club website)
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7. Howe not up for Blades job
Ex-Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is not believed to be a contender to become the next Sheffield United manager. As thing stand, Paul Heckingbottom will manage the Blades until the end of the current campaign. (The Sun)
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8. Bees eye Man City starlet
Brentford are said to be keeping tabs on Manchester City starlet Taylor Harwood-Bellis. The teenage defender is currently on loan with Blackburn Rovers, where he's made seven starts so far this season. (The Sun)
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