A close encounter at the Lane was settled by Jermain's magnificent first half strike to complete an unbeaten August and push us up to third in the Premiership.
City certainly had their share of possession and pushed us back in the final quarter but Emile Heskey wasted their best chance in injury time.
"Jermain is a bit special and a real threat in anything he does. He's improving rapidly," said the City boss.
"We can feel harshly done by. It was a great turn and shot by the kid but it took a deflection off one of my guys. It was a brilliant piece of skill though.
"He's very good now, an excellent player who is as good as any striker playing in the Premiership at the moment. I'm just glad he's English."
Bruce added that all his side needed was a goal. "Once again our Achilles heel is that we didn't score. You can't come to places like Tottenham and dominate without scoring," he said.
"We huffed and puffed and made more opportunities than them but didn't come away with anything. I don't like hard luck stories but that's twice it's happened now - here and against Chelsea."
Steve Bruce admitted he was a big admirer of Jermain Defoe before Saturday's clash at the Lane - little changed afterwards.