The England hitman made it two goals in two games this season with one of his best so far in a Spurs shirt as we overcame the Teeside outfit 2-0 at the Lane.
Jermain - who broke through the 20-goal barrier last term - picked the ball up from Teemu Tainio just inside the Middlesbrough half, ran 15 yards, cut the ball onto his right foot and lashed past Mark Schwarzer from 30 yards.
"Everyone knows about Middlesbrough," reflected Head Coach Martin afterwards. "It's very difficult to break them down and to score goals against them.
"We needed something special and Jermain gave us something special. That is why he is always a dangerman for everyone, he's capable of scoring from any position."
Mido matched Jermain's strike rate with his second goal of the campaign thanks to a mistake from Schwarzer to seal a hard-earned three points - Middlesbrough had their chances and Paul Robinson made two fine saves from free-kicks in the second half.
"I thought we played well in the first half-hour without the final ball but the main thing was we looked aggressive and ambitious and that's what I want," added Martin.
"We won tackles in midfield and obviously Edgar is helping us there but I think we are improving all the time.
"In the second half we dropped off and they played well. Viduka was a bit of a problem for us We needed that second goal because they had two clear-cut chances and in the end it could have been a draw."
Martin Jol admitted we needed 'something special' to break down Middlesbrough - Jermain Defoe delivered in style to put us on top of the Premiership on Saturday night.