Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray admitted that his side had profited from the sending off of Paul McShane in a 1-1 draw with Barnsley.
Barnsley were a goal up after Marlon Harewood forced home a first-half opener and seemed in no danger until McShane was shown a red card for his part in a flare up with Boro midfielder Kevin Thomson that sparked a mass brawl. The Boro man was shown just a yellow card. In the closing stages, Boro piled forward to claw back a late leveller from Scott McDonald.
"The fracas was just exuberance that boiled over," he said.
"Sometimes when you get competitive and macho players fighting for the ball like that there is pushing and shoving. The problem comes when other players get involved to pull each other away from the fracas.
"Whatever happened you have to say we benefited. That fired up the crowd a bit and maybe it fired up the team as well and gave us a bit of a psychological push in the closing stages against 10 men.
"The positive I'll take from this is the desire this team is now showing to come from behind and the desire not to lose football matches. I think it is four games in a row at home we have come from behind now and that is a big, big positive."