"Of course, everyone wants to be out of the bottom three, especially (on Wednesday) it's a big game for us", Elmohamady added.
To the backdrop of a crackling atmosphere, Hull City and Middlesbrough served up a breathless contest that was both exhilarating and exhausting for all inside the KCOM Stadium.
That 17-point total is also better than top-four giants Liverpool and Manchester City.
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 had a huge hand in Hull's third goal, converted by Abel Hernandez, but Middlesbrough pulled one back before half-time, though Marten de Roon's effort should have been disallowed for offside.
Against the odds the match began with a bang as goal-shy Middlesbrough stunned the hosts by taking the lead through leading scorer Alvaro Negredo, who slotted home Adama Traore's low cross.
Ben Gibson failed to deal with a deflected looping cross from Andrew Robertson and Markovic took advantage to toe-poke home from close range.
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Hull now sit on 30 points having played 31 matches and captain Dawson is confident they can go on to retain their top-flight status. They scored the first time they attacked but we responded very well.
Alfred N'Diaye hooked the ball forward and Hernandez's headed pass fell invitingly to Niasse, who buried his shot under Boro goalkeeper Victor Valdes from 12 yards.
Those same Teesside voices, though, were soon silenced by three goals in 19 minutes from the home side.
Hull struck again when Maguire's diagonal ball was crossed first time by Kamil Grosicki from the right and with Valdes stranded, Hernandez steered home his fourth league goal of the season.
Boro reduced the deficit in first-half stoppage time in controversial circumstances.
But Hull gave themselves some much-needed breathing space and restored their two-goal cushion in the 70th minute when Maguire stole in unmarked at the far post to head home Robertson's curling cross. The great escape really might be on after all in the East Riding.
Replays showed De Roon was clearly standing in an offside position when he headed the ball past Eldin Jakupovic.