Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said there is no excuse for his players performing poorly during the Carabao Cup game at Stadium MK.
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Spurs were keen to sign Jack Grealish and they reportedly had a £25 million bid rejected, but he has instead opted to sign a new five-year deal.
Kane was under the spotlight after going five games without a goal for club and country, but he scored a first-half penalty to end his mini-drought.
Tottenham nearly blew a late lead for a fourth-straight loss, but Spurs showed grit and fight to hang on for a win that could help right their ship.
Danny Rose was at fault for Brighton's late goal but turned in a superb performance at both ends, setting up Spurs' second goal in the 2-1 win.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino praised his players' spirit after they repelled a series of set pieces in a 2-1 win at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Harry Kane gave the Londoners the lead from the penalty spot shortly before half time, and substitute Erik Lamela sealed the points.
"If you lose, all the tactics or organisation are gone," Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said about personal battles on set pieces.
Harry Kane's big summer deal has some of his Spurs teammates also asking for new contracts. Transfer Talk has the latest.
Mauricio Pochettino said he is frustrated by aspects of Tottenham's passing in their last two defeats, saying Liverpool's forwards intimated them.
A shock loss to Lyon in the Champions League has Man City in an unfamiliar position, while Tottenham are desperate for a win against Brighton.
Spurs' captain suffered the problem during the 3-0 victory at Manchester United on Aug. 27, less than four days after being pulled over and charged.
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