After four straight wins in the Sky Bet Championship - and four successive home league victories - Jonathan Woodgate's side are out for a high five on Saturday.
Woodgate's men came out on top against Stoke City and Huddersfield Town at the Riverside at Christmas, then earned our first away successes of the season in impressive style at West Bromwich Albion and Preston North End.
That was followed by a steely draw against Premier League Tottenham Hotspur in our first home match of 2020.
Our Riverside performances have been the basis of a upturn in results, with wins against Charlton Athletic and Barnsley preceding the Christmas run-in, and Boro unbeaten on home turf since mid-October.
Through it all, Woodgate hailed an 'unbelievable team spirit'. He also warned against complacency, urging calm and a continuation of the hard work that saw a best festive return in recent memory.
Derby County are next up, our first league match at the Riverside in the new year as Boro look to continue that fine form.
The Rams have put together a decent run of their own, unbeaten in four and victorious in their last three having been boosted by the January arrival of Wayne Rooney.