Boro currently sit fifth on the Championship table but are just three points of second-placed Leicester City and are still in the hunt to produce a top-two finish with league leaders Cardiff City a further ten points clear.
"We are still well placed," he told the Gazette. "We're not far off second. It's still all to play for.
"Yes, we've lost a few but a couple of wins and we'll be right back up there where we all believe we belong.
"People talk about Cardiff being clear now and up and the battle being all for one automatic place but I don't think that is the case and I don't think they think that either.
"They lost at home to Peterborough so they know the dangers. Anything is possible in this league.
"It is a very competitive division and anyone can beat anyone else on their day.
"Cardiff - and Leicester or Hull or anyone in the play-off zone - know that a couple of defeats, a couple of draws even, and the table can swing back against them.
"And we know if we put a couple of wins together it can swing right back our way.
"So we are still aiming at an automatic place. That's the target. We are all aiming for the Premier League."
Middlesbrough have lost their past three league matches but will look to put that right when they travel to Ipswich Town next weekend following their FA Cup fourth round meeting with Aldershot Town on Saturday.