The Championship's top two - Leeds United and West Brom - won again on Saturday to strengthen their grip on the automatic promotion places.
Leeds United's hopes of a return to the Premier League looked to be fading, but victory over Bristol City restored optimism at Elland Road.
Fulham were held, West Brom came from behind to win and Luton Town earned a huge three points in Wednesday's Championship games.
Wayne Rooney's Derby County halted Stoke City's four-game unbeaten run in the Championship with another home win.
Stoke have a seven-point buffer over the bottom three after two second-half goals saw them past Swansea at the bet365 Stadium.
Stoke City claimed a surprise 1-0 win at Championship pacesetters West Brom on Monday, with the Baggies now six without a victory.
The top two in the Championship remain unchanged after their draw, while Brentford are third and Stoke City thumped Huddersfield Town.
A late own goal from Wes Harding sent Leeds United above West Brom in the Championship table, while Fulham have moved up to third.
Championship leaders West Brom let in a late equaliser at Barnsley on Boxing Day but Leeds were unable to capitalise.
Middlesbrough's third successive home win in the Championship moved them four points clear of Stoke City in the relegation zone.