Man City boss Eriksson hails skipper Dunne after Liverpool draw
"I don't know if it was Richard's best performance for Manchester City but it was an extremely good one," said Eriksson.
"He is a good player and our captain and he showed the way forward."
With Micah Richards providing able assistance to his central defensive partner, Dunne marshalled City towards a point which keeps them just one adrift of Liverpool in the battle for fourth, while leaving the Merseysiders 10 behind new leaders Arsenal.
Unlike former team-mate Joey Barton, who lurches from one crisis to another, Dunne has learned from the mistakes he made under former manager Kevin Keegan and, according to Eriksson, is now a model professional.
"He is a very important member of our dressing room," said the former England manager.
"He has been here for a long time and it is good to have someone like that around the club.
"Not only is he a good footballer, he is a very sensible person, which is what you require from a captain."