JOHN Coleman had demanded a Barnet-style performance from his side to keep their play-off dreams alive - and he got it.
Stanley thrashed the league leaders 4-1 at the Interlink and, prior to the Stevenage match, Coleman promised a similar gung-ho show from his side.
It was always going to be tricky against fellow promotion contenders Boro - who beat Stanley 5-0 earlier in the season - but Stanley responded to move them back into the play-off frame.
"There were some more big performances out there," said the manager.
"Paul Mullin could have got the four on his own and David Brown had a great game.
"I knew we would win as I wasn't nervous before the game. I knew the lads were up for it and they would give their all and I said to them to make me proud - and they did.
"Last week after we lost to Crawley I said we were on a life support machine. We are still in intensive care but it is looking better."
Stevenage Boro boss Graham Westley had his players in the dressing room for an hour after the final whistle as they lost the chance to cement themselves in the play-offs, and are now in the thick of the battle to seal a top five spot with Stanley.
Both sides needed a victory and both started like they meant it. Dino Maamria got on the end of an Anthony Elding cross on just five minutes but Jon Kennedy, making his first league start since breaking his leg in October, saved with his legs.
One minute later and a Paul Howarth free kick was punched out by keeper Alan Julian to Stanley's Lee McEvilly and the keeper did well to tip over the striker's follow-up.
Reds winger Gary Roberts had a strike saved by Julian while Kennedy kept out Darryn Stamp's 20-yarder in a lively opening.
But, it was the home side who got their noses in front when a cross by Roberts hit the post. Steve Jagielka pounced to fire goalwards and the ball came to Mullin who had an easy tap-in for his 19th league goal of the season on 20 minutes.
And Stanley were celebrating again three minutes later when Roberts broke down the left and played in a dangerous ball which McEvilly slid home for his 13th league goal of the campaign.
Boro were visibly rattled but still had their chances with Kennedy pushing out a Ronny Henry effort.
But they were once again caught out defensively when McEvilly's ball from the right was headed home for his first Stanley goal by David Brown on 38 minutes to give them a stunning 3-0 lead.
However, the home side did then have a let-off when Dannie Bulman's volley hit the upright just before the interval and it was his last action as he limped off injured.
It was more of the same after the break as McEvilly threatened to make it four on 48 minutes when he skipped past the Boro defence but Julian pushed out his shot.
And then the ever-reliable Mullin tapped a Brown cross wide on 55 minutes, when it looked easier to score.
Stanley top scorer Mullin had another golden opportunity to make it 20 league goals for the season following a classy run from Roberts but once again he couldn't find the target.
Stevenage still pressed to get something out of the game, but Matt Hocking headed wide while Kennedy and defender Mike Flynn just seemed to get to everything.
McEvilly was once again ruing another missed opportunity on 75 minutes after Brown's shot was pushed out to him just a couple of yards out but Julian produced a superb point blank save to keep it out.
But the fourth finally came when Roberts' ball into the six- yard box caused chaos, Mullin slid in but Steve Jagielka got the final touch three minutes from time.
However, Boro made sure Stanley couldn't celebrate a clean sheet when Barry Laker side-footed past Kennedy just a minute later for a consolation.
There was still time for more with Mullin amazingly missing out on the line as he and a defender slid in, but Boro somehow hooked it clear and then Julian denied him his magical 20th league goal at the death.
"I don't know how the defender cleared that, I thought it was in," admitted Mullin.
"I really thought I could reach the milestone of 20 league goals today."