Michael was the only recognised centre-back available for the Round of 16 second leg tie at the Lane with Ledley King and Anthony Gardner sidelined and Ricardo Rocha ineligible.
A proud captain for our FA Cup quarter-final draw at Chelsea on Sunday, 'Daws' ended Wednesday night's 3-2 victory and 6-4 aggregate win wearing the armband again after Robbie Keane was substituted in the second half.
The England squad regular has now played 46 of our 47 games in all competitions this season, missing out in the Premiership at Manchester City through suspension and coming off the bench in the Carling Cup clash at MK Dons.
"Dawson's great," said Martin. "He was the only central defender left, he knows he has to play every game and he's like a hero for me. He never complains.
"It wasn't easy for us. Teemu Tainio was going to play but couldn't because of a calf strain and Didier had a problem with his toe, so we had to give him an injection. We had no defenders left, so we brought in Charlie Lee from the reserves. Braga rested a lot of their team at the weekend and it was the scenario you would have nightmares about.
"We played well, created chances and when you create those chances, you have to punish teams. That would be my only criticism but the main thing was we went through. and I'm happy to be in the last eight."
Martin Jol described Michael Dawson as his 'hero' after the defender notched up his 46th appearance of the season in UEFA Cup win against SC Braga.