It was Didier Zokora's home debut after his summer arrival from St Etienne.
Paul Robinson, Lee Young-Pyo, Aaron Lennon and Jermaine Jenas also stepped back out at the Lane but we were without injured Ledley King, Robbie Keane, Teemu Tainio, Wayne Routledge and Andy Reid.
THE KEY ACTION...
11mins: Plenty of early sparring so far with little in the way of chances - Uranga's dangerous low cross forced important sliding clearance from Dawson.
22mins: Terrible goalkick from Riesgo headed into Defoe's path by Berbatov, Defoe break down the left, had support in box but cross hacked into air by Labaka enabling Riesgo to come and collect.
27mins: GOAL - SPURS. Jenas got his foot in in midfield, Davids took over and threaded perfect pass through to Defoe who took ball in his stride and struck superbly home from 20 yards.
Spurs 1, Real Sociedad 0
34mins: WOODWORK. Berbatov battled for Zokora's corner, Jenas onto loose ball in a flah and volleyed against crossbar from six yards.
34mins: YELLOW - SOCIEDAD. Keeper Riesgo for dissent.
36mins: Important headed clearance from Assou-Ekotto as Prieto tried to ghost in on Rekarte's cross to the far post.
38mins: Defoe burst away from two defenders on the left, low cross aimed for Lennon at far post forced Rekarte to hack clear.
39mins: GOAL - SOCIEDAD. Goal out of the blue as Uranga picked up loose ball 30 yards out, took aim and curled low beyond Robinson into far corner.
Spurs 1, Real Sociedad 1
Half-time: Spurs 1, Real Sociedad 1
47mins: Two fantastic crosses from Assou-Ekotto - the first almost found Berbatov befre Defoe danced his way past a couple of defenders to pass it back to the left-back whose second cross found Berbatov, this time he looped header at Riesgo.
50mins: Lennon dart down the right and fine cross that was half-cleared and looped up to Berbatov, who volleyed tricky chance over.
50mins: Alonso break down right, past Davenport and into box, dragged shot wide.
61mins: GOAL - SPURS. Berbatov headed Zokora's deep corner back into the danger area, Sociedad didn't deal with pressure from Davenport and Dawson slammed home the loose ball from six yards.
Spurs 2, Real Sociedad 1
61mins: SUB - SOCIEDAD. Felicio for Novo.
65mins: YELLOW - SOCIEDAD. Alonso booked for cynical foul as Lennon threatened to break down the left.
67mins: SUB - SOCIEDAD. Aranburu for Uranga.
70mins: SUB - SPURS. Murphy for Defoe.
71mins: GOAL DISALLOWED. Riesgo could only punch ball into the air under pressure from Davenport, Murphy headed back towards goal where Dawson swivelled and scored his second only for the linesman's flag to deny him.
73mins: SUB - SOCIEDAD. Cerio for Kovacevic.
78mins: SUBS. Ziegler, Huddlestone and Ghaly for Lennon, Davids and Jenas.
79mins: CHANCE. Berbatov broke down the right and suddenly had Ziegler and Murphy to aim for in the box, Leon only defender back and managed to intercept.
81mins: SUB - SOCIEDAD. Garrido for Rekarte.
84mins: SUB - SOCIEDAD. Rossato for Prieto.
86mins: Good work and fine cross from Felicio led to a moment's panic in the box, ball half-cleared and crossed back in for Cerio to loop header towards Robinson for a simple save.
88mins: Decent spell of possession ended with Zokora spreading play wide to Murphy on the left, he curled inswinging cross that was just too far in front of Ghaly.
Full-time: Spurs 2, Real Sociedad 1
Spurs: Robinson, Lee, Assou-Ekotto, Zokora, Dawson, Davenport, Lennon (Ghaly, 78), Jenas (Huddlestone, 78), Berbatov, Defoe (Murphy, 70), Davids (Ziegler, 78). Subs: Cerny, Stalteri, Gardner, Barnard.
Real Sociedad: Riesgo, Leon, Rivas, Gutierrez, Labaka, Kovacevic (Cerio, 73), Novo (Felicio, 61), Rekarte (Garrido, 81), Uranga (Aranburu, 67), Alonso, Prieto (Rossato, 84). Subs: Bravo, Stevanovic, Ansotegi, Cifuentes, Martinez.
All the action from Saturday's friendly victory over Real Sociedad at White Hart Lane.