The American's goal led a charmed life as Les Ferdinand was denied on three occasions and a Christian Ziege attempt skimmed just wide.
He was asked afterwards if after any save he felt it was just going to be Blackburn's day.
"I kinda felt when Poyet hit the post it was going to be our game," said Friedel, who continued to pay tribute to Les Ferdinand - the man he stopped from scoring on three occasions.
"Les has been an outstanding player over the years and he will be for however many more years he plays. I think he was a big threat to us and he is against any team that he plays against and that's a tribute to him.
"I think he was in behind for the first chance, I just stood my ground. I think it helped that he tried to take it round me, it gives you more of a chance.
"Things like that happen, five he would score, five I would save. A wrong touch would have been a penalty, without a doubt, and I think I am at a disadvantage with that so you have to do what you feel is best.
"I felt we were fortunate today at the critical times. Spurs are never easy to play against and all you can say is today we were fortunate to come out on top."
Rovers Man of the Match keeper Brad Friedel felt the game was swinging Blackburn's way when Gus Poyet's effort hit the woodwork and stayed out.