Aden Flint says Boro's players have to stand up and be counted after the disappointment of a 1-0 Boxing Day defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.
Adam Reach's first-half goal proved decisive in The Owls' favour.
Boro are back at the Riverside for the visit of Ipswich in just three days time - and Flint says Boro need the right response.
“The beliefs always been there, it’s just getting that win at home and getting the monkey off our backs in a way,” he said.
"We’ve got another game Saturday and we’ll work hard to get it right then.
"We’ve got to try and go into the game and start it how we’ve started today, and hopefully finish it that way as well."
The defender praised the Boro turnout, and says the players were bitterly disappointed not to reward supporters with the win it deserved.
"It’s as frustrating for us as it is for the fans,” he said.
"There were 30,000 today - a fantastic crowd. We’ve got to get them behind us and get the Riverside rocking.
"But listen, the games come thick and fast and we have to stand up and be counted on Saturday."
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