Steve Agnew praised Boro's fighting spirit after drawing against Swansea City on Sunday.
Sharp defensive work was required to keep the Swans at bay in the second period, while Rudy Gestede went close to winning it for Boro in the game's closing moments.
"I think everyone could see the fight was certainly there," Agnew said.
"I brought all the squad down today, some of the lads missed out, and others came on and did very well.
"The fighting spirit was terrific."
Agnew was pleased with the way Boro battled despite injuries forcing changes in both halves.
"What you have to remember is that Swansea have been in the Premier League seven years and this is our first year back here," the Head Coach said.
"When you lose people like Gaston Ramirez, and Stewart Downing has to go to left-back because of Fabio's injury - without those offensive players it's difficult then to create the attacks we were after.
"But we kept going until the end and the pass from Alvaro [Negredo] to Rudy was top class.
"You'd expect Rudy to score and he's disappointed - I'm sure when the next one comes along he will."
With matches against Hull City and Burnley coming up in the next six days, Agnew says focus quickly shifts to preparing for those important games.
"Today's another point and we've not lost distance on a team above us," he said.
"We regroup, we'll be back in tomorrow morning and we look forward to the game on Wednesday night."