The victory was a resurgent Plymouth's third victory in six league games as they attempt to recover from a poor start to the campaign, and now lie 22nd.
Sturrock told the Plymouth Herald: "With the international break coming up, we are desperate for another win. We want to close the gap on as many teams as possible - we would like to see it become a 10 horse race.
"I think at the end of the day, three points at Middlesbrough was a great benefit to us because it sucked a good three or four teams into the (relegation) tussle.
"The important thing is that we keep on winning football games. We would like to get out of the bottom three, but whether we are out or not, we want to bring as many teams as possible into the fray as soon as possible."