A noun might be trump, as defined by TFD:
Informal A reliable or admirable person.
MW, too, emphasizes the quality and virtue of a trump with:
a dependable and exemplary person
It is not used in this way often, so Oxford Dictionaries prefaces its definition with dated.
O. Henry uses it in his short story A Service of Love (1906), in which hard times fall upon two married artists.
The wife tells her husband that she has temporarily given up her schooling and taken up tutoring so they can still eat while he continues his studies.
The husband, realizing her sacrifice, commends her with:
"All right," said Joe, reaching for the blue scalloped vegetable
dish. "But I hate for you to be giving lessons. It isn't Art. But
you're a trump and a dear to do it."
She does it without the expectation of praise, since (in a spoiler tag because it's O. Henry):
She was unable to find pupils and has been working instead in a laundry. (The husband finds out because he's been working in the engine-room of the same laundry.)