We looked on course for an important win after a scrappy affair at the Stadium of Light when substitute Daryl Murphy struck in the 88th minute to earn Sunderland a point.
It was the second late blow in as many away games following and stopped us nudging six points of Arsenal in fourth place in the Premiership. Ironically enough, Liverpool's 88th-minute winner against Arsenal on Tuesday made sure the gap stayed at four points.
Back at Spurs Lodge, it was put to Michael that it looked in the photograph that he couldn't quite believe what had happened. "No I couldn't," he concurred. "I was absolutely gutted.
"It wasn't the best of games or the best of performances but at 1-0 up in the 88th minute you think you are going to come away with the three points. That's why it hurt so much.
"As I said, it wasn't a vintage display but we we'd managed to go 1-0 up, looked like we were going to take three important points and gave it away.
"It was a tough battle but if you end up keeping a clean sheet you don't mind being battered around. In fact, I'd take a few knocks and bruises to get that clean sheet and a win.
"It must be as disappointed as I've been all season. We've had a couple like Arsenal at home when we played so well, West Ham's late goal and to concede a goal at any time hurts but that late, it was destroying. Having said all that, we have had a bit of luck with other results and we are still there in fourth in the table.
"We were all gutted after the game and when we were back at the training ground earlier in the week and believe me, we're all determined to put it right on Sunday."
They say every picture paints a thousand words - photographs of Michael Dawson's reaction after conceding that late goal at Sunderland did just that.