Alan Pardew's men went into the clash with Brighton off the back of their first win in any competition since August as they beat Exeter City in the third round of the FA Cup last weekend. Nevertheless, they would have surely put that victory to their back of their minds given the difference in opposition.
But it took just four minutes for The Hawthorns to start rocking as Jonny Evans opened the scoring from a Matt Phillips corner before Dawson doubled the Baggies' lead 10 minutes into the second-half with a header of his own.
The win does not lift Pardew's men out of the bottom three in the Premier League, but it does end a run of 20 top flight games without a victory and does see them move to within touching distance of the teams immediately above the drop zone.
A number of players were praised on social media, but it was perhaps Dawson's display that attracted the most plaudits from the long-suffering Baggies fans.
The 27-year-old has been excellent since returning from injury and made an impact at both ends of the pitch against the Seagulls, scoring one and making one particularly brilliant block to deny Lewis Dunk. And the fans could not praise the defender high enough.
Here is the best of the reaction...
Captain material Dawsontop player for the albion! Always gives 100%— steve wba (@steveya91011380) January 14, 2018
Not sure why I’m seeing a lot of ‘Dawson has been great since he came back from injury’ tweets - he’s been one of our best players over the last 3 years! #wba— Alex... (@ArabStrapBoy) January 13, 2018
how good has craig dawson been since his return— danny (@danwba93) January 13, 2018
Massive 3pts today from the team and great all round performance. Hezagi and Dawson were immense, Gibbs our best LB in years and Barry clearly an upgrade on Fletcher. Brilliant atmosphere from the fans as well #pardewsblueandwhitearmy #wba— BrummieBornAndBred (@Baggieboy1983) January 13, 2018
Dawson is a massive plus for us we will win more than we lose with him in team #wba— Chris Corbett (@wbachris_) January 13, 2018
Dawson was also fantastic today a great performance. #wba— Luke price (@priceluke1976) January 13, 2018
Dawson for MOM with Barry a close 2nd I'm not seeing how some people are giving it to GK? Top atmosphere today though— mike marsden (@mimarsden_mike) January 13, 2018