Ben Gibson says Boro are eyeing Saturday's match against Bolton as an opportunity to get our first points on the road this season.
The defender says he and his teammates are demanding more after a mixed start to the season - but feels the team are gelling as the campaign progresses.
"The game before the break was a disappointing one for us," he said.
"The five games so far, even though we have won two we wanted and expected to have more points.
"I think the break has been a good thing for us as we’re learning and it gives us chance to iron out a few issues.
"We know there’s a lot of work to do behind the scenes to make it click and I have no doubt that will happen.
"We’re really excited for the challenge on Saturday and hopefully pick up three points."
This weekend's challenge comes in the form of newly-promoted Bolton Wanderers.
"Bolton will be out to prove they can fight the best teams on their home turf," he said.
"They’ll be looking at us as a scalp as everyone will do this year.
"That’s what we’ll have to get used to. It will be tough, I expect it to be very physical so we have to go there and dictate the game."
Gibson says Garry Monk's squad can look ahead with renewed focus following the closure of the summer transfer window.
"The transfer window is shut now and that’s probably the best thing that can happen," he said.
"There’s been a lot of uncertainty, and that’s not good for manager, players or the club.
"Now we can get our heads down and focus on what’s in store."