LOMANA LuaLua broke his Bloomfield Road duck – at the fifth time of asking.
The frontman has been desperate to score in front of a set of fans he describes as “beautiful” since breaking into the team two months ago.
But after goalless games against Millwall, Birmingham, Reading and Watford, the 30-year-old finally hit the target on home soil when he tapped in from close range, after an Alex Baptiste shot had been parried.
The win lifted Pool back up to seventh – just a point outside the play-off zone – as Boro slipped from second to fourth.
“It is a big three points for us because I believe Middlesbrough are the best team in the Championship,” said LuaLua.
“People probably didn’t believe we could do it, but we showed how well we can play and we deserved it.
“I must say that I am delighted to have finally scored in front of the home fans.
“It has been a long time coming, and I’m very happy to get on.
“I’ve got to thank the gaffer for that because he told me to always follow in for rebounds. I’m glad I did.”