The Galaxy had not scored in three MLS games going into the match but they took just 11 minutes to break their drought when Giovani dos Santos finished off a well-worked team move.
The Mexico international then helped double the hosts’ lead three minutes later when he set up club captain and former Tottenham Hotspur teammate Robbie Keane, before Dallas pulled a goal back through winger Michael Barrios 10 minutes before half-time.
Gerrard restored LA’s two-goal cushion 12 minutes after the break, however, when he scrambled the ball home following a Dos Santos corner for his second goal in 10 MLS appearance since his summer move from Liverpool.
Atiba Harris’ strike four minutes from the end would set up a tense finish but the former Red skipper’s effort proved the difference between the two sides in the end, as his all-action performance earned the praise of head coach Bruce Arena following the final whistle.
Speaking to the Galaxy’s official website, the 35-year-old midfielder’s manager said: “It was a good goal. He and [central midfield partner] Juninho played another good game together. I thought it was good and I think the goal is good to Stevie’s confidence. Overall, they played well.”
Gerrard himself added on his run-out: “I didn’t feel good first-half at all. For some reason it took me until the second half to feel really good. But Dallas are a really good team. Give our team a lot of credit because we beat a good team tonight. I think they deserve a lot of credit as well for making a game of it.”
LA’s win sees them regain the lead in both the West and Supporters’ Shield standings with 50 points ahead of their final three regular-season games, as they aim to secure an unprecedented fourth MLS Cup in five seasons under Arena’s stewardship.
They certainly look like a good bet to defend their 2014 title thanks to their three Designated Players but, as their recent three-game winless run proved, even having star names likes Gerrard, Keane and Dos Santos in the line-up will still not guarantee them silverware.