It is a far cry from this time past year, when Spurs' hopes of progress had already been ended in a kinder group that included Monaco, Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow.
Götze commented: "If you go behind to a mistake as we did, then things become hard".
Rose was not in the Spurs squad for Saturday's 2-0 north London derby defeat to Arsenal and Pochettino felt the decision to leave him out of that game was vindicated by his performance at Signal Iduna Park.
Kane feels Spurs have proved their doubters wrong by topping the group ahead of such prestigious opposition, saying: "It's massive, it's unbelievable for us, for the fans and for the club".
"It was hard because Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund and Apoel are always hard but we try to enjoy and be competitive and try to win, that was the idea in every single game". If you ask if Danny Rose is here and do we have an issue, I say no.
Spurs launched an onslaught on the Dortmund goal in the last five minutes of the first half but both Christian Eriksen and Eric Dier were denied at close range by superb saves from Burki, whose fingertip stop from Dier's header was particularly outstanding.
Rose certainly justified his place with a dynamic display down the left while Alli set up Son's victor, having danced between two Dortmund defenders out wide and then provided the cut-back.
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Pochettino will make several changes to Tottenham's starting line-up from last weekend's defeat by Arsenal and Alli could be rested after struggling at the Emirates Stadium, but is likely to be involved at some stage. I think today he showed what we expect from him.
"He's a great striker and a great player".
"I'm proud of the team, they are doing a fantastic job and they need to be confident". Danny Rose was fantastic too.
Dortmund still just about deserved their lead at the break but Tottenham carried their momentum into the second half and within four minutes had an equaliser.
Dortmund coach Peter Bosz acknowledged that his side's next game - at home to Schalke in the Bundesliga on Saturday - is now crucial to his future at the club after a run of just one win in nine competitive games.
"I can not speak about the rumours".