Shota Arveladze hailed a “massive three points” after Hull City’s hard-fought 1-0 victory at play-off hopefuls Middlesbrough.
Keane Lewis-Potter’s 74th-minute curler – his 10th goal of the season – secured City’s first league win on Teesside since 1986 and stretched the unbeaten away run to six matches.
The result – against a Boro side that had won eight of their previous nine home games – moved the Tigers 15 points clear of the relegation zone.
“Middlesbrough, if you look at the way they’ve played this year, they’ve had fantastic games against Man Utd, Chelsea they lost, they beat Tottenham in the FA Cup,” said Arveladze.
“They’re very tough to play, very high statistics at home, you see how tight the last game against Fulham was (a 1-0 defeat).
“We should give a lot of credit to our boys for the effort they showed and the way they defended, not giving too much. We give some crosses, which are important to block.
“We had a massive defensive, good organised game and got our small clear chances to punish them – something we done. It’s a great, massive three points.”
Arveladze continued: “This was a massive win for all of us after we lost two times.
“Again, it was an away game, we showed character to our own supporters and got five games (to get) maximum points we can.
“Thank you to the boys and to the supporters – absolutely amazing.
“They didn’t let us feel like it was an away game, again being here, again being beside us, again giving us so much energy, thanks to them.”