Middlesbrough are beginning to show the green shoots of recovery under Tony Mowbray after registering their first npower Championship away win of the season with a 2-0 success at Scunthorpe.
Boro arrived at Glanford Park with the worst away record in the Football League, but two first-half goals sealed a second successive victory following Saturday's win over Crystal Palace.
Kris Boyd put Mowbray's men in control inside the opening 10 minutes with a simple finish at the far post for his fifth of the season and Scott McDonald curled in the second with 23 minutes gone.
It could have been a different story had Scunthorpe taken one of three excellent chances in the latter stages of the first period, but the Iron came up against an inspired Jason Steele in the Boro goal.
And Boro held on for a victory which saw them move out of the relegation zone, while Scunthorpe were left to reflect on their fifth home defeat of the season.
Having endured such a miserable campaign on road coming into the game, the visitors could not have wished for a better start as they led inside six minutes when Boyd tapped home a low cross and McDonald added a second when he curled his shot in off the post from 22 yards.