Manchester City star felt like he proved a point with key quarter-final win.
City beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 on aggregate, recording a 1-0 win at the Etihad with Kevin de Bruyne scoring the winner.
Mangala commented on Twitter after the game, thanking Sutton's critical pre-match comments for inspiring him.
Sutton singled out Mangala for criticism the day before the match, telling BBC 5 Live: "You cannot give somebody a brain and that’s Mangala’s problem. He can run, he’s strong – but defending is all about decision-making."
The former Blackburn Rovers striker's harsh comments appeared to have a positive effect, with Mangala stepping up to help his side deny the free-scoring Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Samir Nasri also commented on social media after the game, expressing his delight at being at the club as they reach the last four of the Champions League for the very first time.
Congrats @MCFC great to be part of this team and making history— Samir Nasri Official (@SamNasri19) April 12, 2016
City will find out their opponents for the semi-finals on Friday, with drawing next season's boss Pep Guardiola a possibility if Bayern Munich progress.