Ben Gibson says the benefits of warm-weather training in Spain were there to be seen as Boro earned a point against Everton in very different climes at the Riverside on Saturday. 

A tenacious performance from the Teessiders helped earn a 0-0 draw with the in-form visitors, with Gibson feeling the trip to Benidorm helped reinvigorate Aitor Karanka's side.

"You spend that time together and you can re-evaluate and reaffirm your ambitions, and most importantly build team camaraderie," he said.

"This team has changed a lot, but the nucleus has always had that togetherness.

"It brought is back from defeat in the Play-Off Final to be promoted the following year. We've been written off but come back time and time again.

"Now we're desperate to get games and wins under our belt."

Gibson says Boro are targeting more goals, with he and substitute Rudy Gestede going close to winning the game at the weekend.

"We worked hard, created chances, having one cleared off the line and Rudy having his header saved," he said.

"We all want to score more goals, and we all have a part in that, and we're showing signs of improvement.

"There's a sense that we could have had three points, and that can be frustrating.

"But you have to take a step back and judge the game on its own merits. Nine times out of 10 you'd say a draw against Everton is a good result, so we'll take the point and move forward."

Gibson once again praised the Riverside crowd for their rousing reception on Saturday.

"It's been like that all season - they've been phenomenal and it really spurs us on," he said.

"I think we should know from the last few years that there's plenty of twists and turns to come this season. 

"We have a great opportunity in the cup this weekend, and then it's back to the league - every game is vital now."