Hull thought they had drawn first blood, but Niasse was deemed offside when he turned the ball home at the end of a slick move in the third minute and the first blow was landed by Boro two minutes later.
Middlesbrough looked to respond with the pace of Traore causing problems and Eldin Jakupovic had to be alert when the 'Boro man crossed for Negredo, who saw his first time effort saved by the keeper.
The second half was less frantic, but the goals did not stop as the Humberside club scored the sixth goal of the game with Harry Maguire racing in at the back post to power past Victor Valdes.
Games with so much riding on them can, sometimes, be cagey affairs.
Fast forward to April and the Tigers are out of the relegation zone - thanks to a 4-2 win over fellow relegation battlers Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.
The fun and games started nearly straight away, Oumar Niasse putting the ball in the visitors' net inside three minutes only to be rightly ruled offside.
Maguire's diagonal ball was crossed first time by Grosicki from the right and with Valdes stranded, Hernandez steered home his fourth league goal of the season.
The Teessider's lead only lasted nine minutes as Markovic netted from close range following a scramble in Boro's box.
It was now all City and a thrilling through ball allowed Niasse to steal in on 26 minutes to make it 2-1. RefereeMichael Oliver consulted his assistant but the goal was given and Boro were back in it. The Scot pulled the ball back towards Niasse but Gibson did well to cut put the chance.
Boro's attacking intent was rewarded in first-half stoppage-time, albeit in hugely controversial circumstances due to Marten De Roon heading in from a clearly offside position.
The Tigers started the year bottom of the table, having collected just 13 points from their opening 20 games, but have been rejuvenated since Marco Silva replaced Mike Phelan as manager. There's eight games and 24 points still to fight for.
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