That was the view of Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman after Lambert’s double had given Saints a 2-0 victory at Selhurst Park yesterday.
Lambert now has 30 league and cup goals to his name this term, including 26 in the league.
Freedman admitted: "Rickie Lambert was the difference.
"He has experience and if I was a betting man I'd say he'll produce a few goals in the Premier League.
"The first goal was against the run of play and was a bitter pill to swallow.
"But I'm very happy with our performance. We gave it a right good go with six youngsters against a top team."