Villa ended up booking their place at Wembley thanks to a 1-0 aggregate win.
Mile Jedinak's header in last weekend's first-leg against Boro decided the tie, after the teams played out a tense 0-0 draw in Tuesday's second leg at Villa Park.
And if Villa knocks off Fulham on May 26, Bruce will have led two Hull City, Birmingham City, and Aston Villa into the top flight via the playoff, once more each with Hull and Birmingham via the league route.
"As a one-off it's fantastic if you go up through the play-offs, although I would love to have been second and sitting on a beach now".
"I think it's important playing two games in the space of four days to get a couple of days rest, which the manager is hopefully going to give us!" We've got a goal from a set-piece which has won two games, basically.
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At the heart of that defence was former Chelsea and England centre back John Terry who joined the club past year on a free transfer and whose appointment as captain appears to have had a significant impact.
"Unbelievable, incredible, the support, the lads, the dressing room is unbelievable".
"There is a great team spirit among the boys".
Middlesbrough hadn't even produced a shot on target until a controversial moment three minutes from time.
Villa came close through Lewis Grabban and Conor Hourihane and were comfortable against a poor Boro side. In the 87th minute, as Middlesbrough were pouring forward in search of an equaliser, Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone appeared to step out of his penalty area and make a save with his hands in an illegal position.