Hull manager Nick Barmby hailed on-loan Manchester United forward Josh King after Matty Fryatt's late winner ended his side's run of five consecutive defeats with a 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough.
The 20-year-old Norwegian levelled the scores after Marvin Emnes' first half opener and then set up Fryatt's 12th goal of the season to keep Barmby's side in the play-off hunt.
"You could see Josh King getting stronger in the second half," Barmby said. "We need people to make things happen and he certainly did that. He nearly created a third goal too."
He went on: "I thought in the first 20 minutes we were the better side and we were unlucky not to score. We were on top, but the opposition hit us on the break. We got punished trying to play offside.
"Vito [Mannone] made a great save [from Emnes] when it was 1-0 and it was the turning point of the game. He's been doing that for us all season.
"But then we got the players in at half-time and told them that we needed to be tighter as a team as our shape wasn't right. We showed a lot of bravery on the ball in the second half, which was important."
Hull are within two points of Middlesbrough, who have slipped out of the play-off places, but Barmby is playing down the chances of gatecrashing the top six. "No one has been saying we'll do anything all season, so we'll just try to keep playing as we did today and see what happens," he said.
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray said: "We were very disappointed to only be 1-0 up at half-time as we had lots of opportunities to score and didn't take them.
"We told them at half-time about concentrating, but Hull didn't have to work hard for their first goal, and it gave their supporters a lift.
"Then they got the second goal and it gave us a result that we could not have foreseen at half-time. There are now four games left and I think we probably need to win three of them."