Mo Besic says that victory over Burton Albion in Tuesday's Carabao Cup quarter final can be a huge boost for Boro's season.
The Bosnian midfielder was in attendance, although not on the pitch, the last time Boro reached this stage of the competition - a defeat to his parent club Everton at the Riverside back in 2015.
And the last time The Teessiders made it into the last four, of course, led to our first major trophy triumph back in 2004.
But Besic says Boro won't be looking any further forward than Tuesday's Brewers tie.
"We had a difficult time there [at Burton] last season, they are a good footballing team," he told reporters in a media conference on Monday.
"I think we are the better team, but we have to be on the front foot, and play our game.
"As a Championship club it would be a big thing to get to the semi-final.
"I've played in a semi-final with Everton against Man City three years ago and it's a really nice feeling.
"We are strong at home and I hope we'll do it."
With Boro now seeking a first win since Brentford in late November, Besic says a positive result tonight can lift spirits and have a knock-on effect for the upcoming festive fixtures.
"I got a really stupid red card against Blackburn," he said.
"It was unnecessary and I I had to watch from outside [Saturday's defeat to QPR]. It was not nice because of course I want to play.
"It's a difficult period because we lost the game, but we just need to stick together and get back to playing how we were at the start of the season. I hope well do that from now on.
"We can learn a lot from it, and I believe in this team."
Watch the full media conference with Mo Besic in the media player above.