Bamford netted to secure to massive three points for 'Boro and Paterson was quick to tweet his words of praise to the front-man after the match.
Paterson has not been a regular with Forest this season, but he has made no secret where his allegiances still lie with this action.
The Reds and Derby have a fierce rivalry and Paterson's Twitter comments are unlikely to have won him too many fans at the iPro Stadium.
That will not concern him, though, especially as Forest are starting to close the gap on Derby this season.
Steve McClaren's men had looked in line to secure an automatic promotion spot, but injuries to key strikers have seen them not win in their last five matches.
It means that they have slipped down the table and, with Forest in brilliant form, the Reds are now just 10 points behind their East Midlands rivals.
Although that is still a sizeable gap, it is not inconceivable that the Rams could be caught if both sides' current form continues.
That would clearly please Paterson and it would only go on to make Bamford's goal even more worthy of praise.