Here's how the media viewed Tuesday's 2-0 win against Sheffield United at the Riverside...
Recently recovered from cancer, released by Cardiff City, 36-year-old. Championship man of the match.
That's the quite incredible story of Sol Bamba who turned in an inspiring man of the match performance to help Middlesbrough to a hugely important victory over Sheffield United.
And after a disappointing start to the season for Boro, manager Neil Warnock admitted what started in a favour for Bamba, ended up with the defender doing a huge favour for him.
Boro won 2-0 at the Riverside with goals from Duncan Watmore and Paddy McNair, but it was Bamba's steely determination at the back to help his side to just their third clean sheet of the season that earned the biggest plaudits and the pre-match bottle of bubbly.
After everything the 36-year-old has been through, Warnock admits he thought Bamba would have been working for Sky this season, rather than still playing on it.
IF this is what happens when Neil Warnock decides to do things ‘his way’, Middlesbrough supporters will be more than happy for their manager to continue to put his foot down for the remainder of the season.
A night that felt like a pivotal moment in Warnock’s Riverside reign given his explosive pre-match comments about some of the members of his squad could hardly have gone any better as his side claimed a much-needed third victory of the campaign.
Duncan Watmore, recalled as part of Warnock’s post-Reading overhaul, opened the scoring with a fine chipped finish in the eighth minute before Paddy McNair, another firm favourite of the Boro boss, doubled the Teessiders’ lead shortly before the interval.
Whilst the Blades pussy-footed around, looking for something that after seven unbeaten matches in all competitions was just not there, Middlesbrough were producing perhaps their best performance of the season, capped off by emphatic first-half goals from Duncan Watmore and Paddy McNair.
So the team that appeared to have clicked lost, and the one that seems to have still been scrabbling around after a summer overhaul claimed only their third win of the season, 2-0.
Welcome to the Championship.
Neil Warnock is probably too long in the tooth to worry any more about pressure building on the terraces but he will have enjoyed his post-match drink at a Riverside that got fully behind his team far more than his opposite number Slavisa Jokanovic, grim-faced throughout.