Aitor Karanka is looking for his Boro players to reproduce their second half performance from the last game against Tottenham when the Teessiders travel to White Hart Lane on Saturday (3pm).
Boro were trailing 2-0 at half-time to Spurs in September after a disappointing first half, but fought a way back into the game through Ben Gibson and were unlucky not to draw level.
"I think the best reference we can make is from when we faced them the earlier this season at home," said the Boro Head Coach.
"At the time they were playing really well and we didn't play with our intensity or consistency in the first 45 minutes, but in the second half we were at least as good as them.
"It was an important day for us because after that day we started to have better performances."
Mauricio Pochettino's side were held to a goalless draw last Tuesday at the Stadium of Light and Karanka is wary that the result may work against Boro at the weekend.
"I think sometimes it can be more dangerous because now they need the points more than they did last Tuesday," said Karanka when asked if Boro can take confidence from Sunderland's result.
"The best reference for us will be our game against them."
Last Tuesday's draw with West Brom saw Boro move to 15th in the Premier League table and the Head Coach insists other teams' results are not his concern as he looks to move a step closer to survival.
"I don't think we need to look at other scores because we have to trust ourselves and trust this group of players," said Karanka.
"After six months we are competing against every single team, face to face. We had better numbers than West Brom last Tuesday in everything and we at least drew the game.
"It's about us and keeping going.
"When you look at the table we are in the same position as the team which won the league last season so let's focus on ourselves, knowing that we have an important game on Saturday and we are ready to play it."