Stewart Downing says it was important for Boro to get back to winning ways at the Riverside against Wigan Athletic.
Tony Pulis' side last picked up three points at the Riverside back in September, an unwanted record that Downing said he and his teammates were determined to put to bed.
"We showed flashes of getting back to ourselves," he said.
"I thought we played some good stuff at times, created chances and could have had three or four.
"They're a decent team, Wigan, they pass and move it well but we snuffed them out really."
Downing was full of praise for fellow Teesside Jordan Hugill, whose first league goals for the club earned today's victory.
"I'm pleased for him," the winger said.
"That normally happens doesn't it, you don't score for a while and then you get two.
"But apart from that he works very hard, he's good for the team, and I think he just needed that break.
"He obviously had the one at Stoke where the keeper made a good save and he had one or two early on today.
"He's a Boro lad and I was desperate for him to score - and he's done that today and won us the points."
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