Albert Adomah ran to hug Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka after coming off the bench to help earn his side victory over Brentford.
Just two weeks after being denied a move, the Ghanaian set one up then scored a cracking third as Boro struggled to break down Brentford at the Riverside.
It was an enthralling finale to an end-to-end game which saw Uruguayan forward Christian Stuani bag his sixth and seventh goals of the season.
The opening goal came in the 35th minute after some brilliant work by Emilio Nsue. He did well to keep the ball in before laying off for Diego Fabbrini and the Italian’s inch-perfect cross was flashed in off the post by Stuani.
The Bees drew level four minutes into the second half when the ball was deflected back to Dimi Konstantopoulos and he shinned it straight to Lasse Vibe who poked in.
But Boro regained the lead in the 69th minute when Adomah crossed and Stuani hammered in from close range.
The Londoners should have levelled again just a minute later when Vibe found Marco Djuricin but the Austrian blasted over.
But Boro bagged their third with 13 minutes to go when David Nugent stormed forward before laying off for Adomah who hammered in from a tight angle.
Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos, Nsue, Ayala, Amorebieta, Friend, Clayton, Leadbitter, Stuani (Forshaw 78), Fabbrini (Adomah 60), Downing, Nugent (Garcia 88). Unused substitutes: De Pena, Mejias, Stephens, Kalas.
Brentford: Button, Colin, Barbet, Dean, Bidwell, Diagouraga, McCormack (Woods 90), Kerschbaumer, Vibe, Djuricin (Udumaga 78), Judge. Unused substitutes: Bonham, O’Connell, Smith, Canos.
Ref: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire).