Kyle Bartley says Albion are back in the ascendancy after battling to a 1-1 draw with fellow promotion rivals Leeds United in a pulsating encounter at The Hawthorns.
The centre-half returned from an ankle injury to put in a mammoth performance in the heart of the Baggies defence - but could not stop Patrick Bamford’s deflected header from cancelling out Semi Ajayi’s opener.
And Bartley has called on his team-mates to “push on” following what he describes as a “little dip” in form.
“I think a draw was probably a fair result,” he admitted. “They’re a great team and we produced a good performance.
“I spoke to the lads before the game and I said let’s try and make Middlesbrough a blessing in disguise. I think we needed that kind of wake-up call.
“The performances have dipped and we’ve got away with some results. I thought the lads were great today; the effort was there, the attitude was there, and hopefully we can keep that going.
“My thoughts are that there a lot of games to go. Obviously, it’s nice to be nine points clear of third place - but we’ve got to really push on now, we’ve had that little dip over the last four to five games, and hopefully this can be the turning point for us.
“We’ve got to keep going and keep our concentration, up the performance levels and try and keep everyone healthy.”