The 36-year-old helped his side get over the finishing line with six wickets and just under two overs to spare.
"It's always a joy to watch Chris Gayle. He's an incredible player, it was great to watch in the dugout," Sammy told Sky Sports News.
"I thought England batted well but we were happy to chase down 182. We thought at one time we would be chasing 220, but they never really accelerated."
England return to action on Friday against South Africa, while the Windies have to wait until Sunday to face Sri Lanka.