He said: "I am very proud to be Forest manager and proud of what we have done in winning these nine matches. But people have got a long way to go before they fill that man's boots.
"The run of home victories pleases me enormously but so does the fact that it was our 15th clean sheet. That brings as big a smile to my face.
"It was very difficult for us against a Middlesbrough side with Premiership pedigree and a huge squad that has been freshened up in January.
"But we showed great character, great concentration and great discipline to take three wonderful points from the game.
"It was always going to be a tight-knit affair but fortunately we managed to get the goal that mattered and there are going to be a lot more games like that over the rest of the season."
Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan was also pleased with his players and felt they deserved to take something from a contest they controlled for long periods.
He said: "I could not see them scoring but, fair play to them, they came up with the one goal that mattered.
"When you are on a good run - as Forest are - you get the breaks. Everything seemed to land at their feet but maybe it just wasn't to be for us.
"We looked comfortable against one of the best sides in the league but we needed a break. All the same I have got to congratulate my players for putting up a smashing performance.
"I still think that if we get a cutting edge to our play we have a chance of getting into the play-offs. There is no doubt that the players we have brought in have brought steeliness to our play."
Middlesbrough were caught out in the one moment in the match in which they left holes at the back.
Polish star Radi Majewski broke free from the halfway line, the move was carried on by Dexter Blackstock and Chris Cohen was left in space to beat Danny Coyne with an angled left foot effort.
Majewski had gone close with two earlier 25 yard efforts and Robert Earnshaw might have done better after being put through by Cohen.
But they were isolated scares and for all their composure on the ball, Boro were largely bereft of clear-cut chances.
The nearest they came to an equaliser was when substitute Leroy Lita saw a left-foot shot diverted just wide by Forest keeper.