LATICS picked up what could prove to be a valuable point on the road on an otherwise forgettable clash for all who witnessed.
Five years after their last trip to Teesside, for what was then a Premier League fixture, Latics secured a similar scoreline on the back of a determined defensive effort.
They could have won it in the second half, when substitute James McArthur’s shot from distance was superbly tipped over the top by Shay Given.
But Boro could point to a gilt-edged opportunity they squandered moments earlier, when Curtis Main fluffed his lines from bang in front after great work from Albert Adomah.
The result leaves Latics in touch with the play-off picture, having lost only once in 11 matches under Uwe Rosler.
Latics: Al Habsi; Perch, Boyce, Barnett, Crainey; McCann, Watson, Espinoza; Beausejour, Powell, Fortune.
Subs: Nicholls, Browning, Kiernan, Gomez, McArthur (for Fortune, 60), McClean (for Watson, 60), Maynard (for Powell, 85).
Middlesbrough: Given; Varga, Williams, Ayala, Friend; Carayol, Whitehead, Leadbitter, Ledesma; Main, Emnes.
Subs: Konstantopoulos, Butterfield, Gibson (for Williams, 45), Chalobah, Omeruo, Adomah (for Emnes, 60), Kamara (for Carayol, 83).
Referee: Michael Naylor