Middlesbrough moved into the Championship play-off places after a 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest at the Riverside Stadium.
A Ryan Yates own goal and a second-half strike from Andraz Sporar gave Chris Wilder's team a fourth victory in their five-match unbeaten run.
It halted Forest’s own fine form as it was a first defeat in 10 league games for the Reds.
That run has created a feelgood factor on Teesside, as underlined by the attendance of 29,832, which was comfortably Middlesbrough's biggest home gate of the season.
Wilder said: "To get a result and a performance was great for everybody. I’ve been here when it’s been full, watching, but never been involved at the coal face. It was fabulous. It was electric.
"I know we can’t replicate that all the time – obviously Boxing Day is a special day for everybody to come and watch football – but if we can carry on pulling the punters in with the way we play, then that will be great.
"What that does to the players is fabulous. It gives them the energy to keep going and allows them to dominate, as they did against a really good side. I think we did that, especially in the first half."
The only other game in the division saw Huddersfield win 3-2 at home against 10-man Blackpool.
Two late goals from Sorba Thomas turned the game in Town’s favour after Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel had been sent off just after the hour mark.
Jerry Yates opened the scoring with less than a minute on the clock and it was 1-1 after just three minutes when Danny Ward headed an equaliser.
Gary Madine restored Blackpool’s lead before Thomas’ late double.
Former Republic of Ireland defender Richard Keogh played the last 25 minutes for the visitors.