"At times in recent games we have shown the type of form we showed that night," reflects assistant coach Graeme Lee.
"We have changed shape in a couple of the recent games and that seems to suit the players."
Boro's most recent win was in the Premier League Cup where they got the better of Wimbledon in an uncompromising encounter in Surrey last Monday.
Reflecting on an afternoon where Boro's U23s notched their second win in the competition, Lee admitted: "It wasn't pretty, it was tough and uncompromising, but we saw the game out and we're obviously pleased with the win."
Boro got off to a flying start with a Junior Mondal goals after 20 seconds, but they failed to build on that and played 70 minutes with 10 men after Matthew Elsdon was sent-off after receiving two yellow cards in quick succession.
"We became edgy and the game was disjointed," says Lee. "Matthew's sending-off was silly, he dived in to win a tackle not long after he had been booked, it was a bit naive. We lost our shape and the game was pretty uncompromising. We got off to a great start with a terrific goal, but we had to really dig in and graft after that.
"That's how it's going to be sometimes. You're not always going to be able to play the way you would like and I was pleased with the way we adapted to the challenges and difficulties throw at us."
The win put Boro, who have three games to play, top of their qualifying group and with Charlton beating Fulham 3-1 later in the evening they remained there, two points ahead of Charlton and three ahead of Fulham who have a game in hand, as do Wimbledon who are a further point adrift.
The top two in the league qualify for the knockout stages.
Kick-off tonight is 7pm and admission is free to Boro's Season Card holders, £3 to everyone else.