Boro head into the home clash with Sheffield Wednesday sitting in second place in the table, just a point behind leaders Crystal Palace.
They could leapfrog the Eagles, for a day at least, if they return to winning ways against the Owls after being denied a seventh successive victory at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening.
Hines told the club’s official website: “We always knew it would be possible for us to be at the top.
“It’s taken us a while to get into our form but recently we have been getting positive results in every game.
“Friday’s game against Sheffield Wednesday is going to be another tough one for us but it’s one we feel we can go and win.”
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has admitted he does not welcome allegations against him of diving, although he claims to be undistracted by them.
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Despite being three wins away from FA Cup glory, Mauricio Pochettino has admitted the achievement would pale in comparison to a Premier League title.
Under-fire Baggies coach Alan Pardew has demanded his senior players improve their performance and help the troubled bottom of the table English Premier League side get a win in Saturday's fixture against Bournemouth.
Liverpool will want to banish the recent memory of losing to fierce rivals Manchester United with a big win against Watford at Anfield on Saturday evening.
Struggling Stoke City manager Paul Lambert is determined to keep his side in the Premier League ahead of Saturday's crucial clash against Everton at the Bet365 Stadium in Staffordshire.