Alex Ferguson has heaped praise on Southampton after their defeat to Manchester United last night.
QPR & Southampton had conceded 49 goals between them prior to the game and the hosts' defence was breached 23 minutes - thanks to Lambert.
Sports Correspondent Sarah Gomme looks ahead to the weekend's football fixtures.
Ron Davies, the former Southampton striker, has died at the age of 70. In 1969 he scored four goals in one game against Manchester United - at Old Trafford. Davies also scored nine goals for Wales. He was with Saints for seven years, scoring 153 goals in 281 games.
Nicola Cortese, 44, has watched Southampton move up from League 1 to the Premiership. It is reported that the Liebherr estate has not yet sought to extend the chairman's contract. The success the club has seen in recent years has been fruitful for all parties.
It's reported that the Saints chairman, Nicola Cortese, wants to see renewed backing from the trust that owns Southampton Football Club before he commits to a new contract with the club.
The Hampshire-based Premiership team is owned by the Leibherr trust. Mr Cortese has told them he want to take the club to the next level and it's claimed he believes additional investment is essential to do this. The Saints chairman played a key role in the purchase of the club in 2009.
Swiss businessman Markus Liebherr had been behind the move, but died suddenly the following year.
Southampton could be stretched at the Stadium of Light tomorrow, with Gaston Ramirez and Danny Fox both suspended. Morgan Schneiderlin, Maya Yoshida and Emmanuel Mayuka are doubts for the match against a side Pochettino has been impressed by since Paolo Di Canio's arrival.
"I think we have enough time to speak about next season's goals," the Saints boss said.
"We've first got these two games coming up. We need to be very much respectful of this season, which has not yet finished."
We will have ample time to speak about next season's goals once this season's goals have been achieved. I have not spoken about transfers or made any plans regarding that yet."
"But if we look back at previous seasons I am pretty sure the chairman will have an investment plan to bring in new players and reinforce the squad."
Sir Alex Ferguson is one of the many to have been impressed by Pochettino's high energy pressing game and there is increasing talk from those at the club of soon making Europe.
However, those plans could be derailed as a poor recent run has left them in danger of a return to the second tier.
Southampton are four points off the drop zone heading into tomorrow's penultimate game at Sunderland - a situation that means Pochettino has put future plans on the back burner.
In League One, Crawley's final game of the season is at home today to Hartlepool. Swindon - who've secured a play-off place - are at Scunthorpe. Portsmouth's season finale is at Shrewsbury. And promoted Bournemouth plan to clinch the title at Tranmere.
In the Championship Brighton travel to Leeds where a win will secure them a play-off place. Premier League Southampton host West Brom. Reading face QPR on Sunday - both are 10 points adrift of safety.
In League Two, Champions Gillingham travel to Burton; Aldershot must beat Rotherham and have other results go their way if they are to avoid relegation. And Chris Wilder takes Oxford to Accrington after signing a new contract to keep him at the club for another year.
Chelsea peppered the Southampton goal throughout the second half but were unable to find a way past substitute goalkeeper Kelvin Davis, leading to a defeat that drops Rafael Benitez's side to fourth.
Rickie Lambert celebrated his new Southampton contract in some style today, smashing home an exquisite free-kick to secure all three points from a hard-fought encounter with Chelsea.
Making his 500th career league appearance, the Liverpudlian curled home a spectacular 25-yard free-kick to rack up his 14th league goal of the campaign - more than any other English player in the Premier League.
Saints had gone ahead through another in-form striker Jay Rodriguez, who collected a neat one-two from Steven Davis before slotting home in the 23rd minute.
John Terry was allowed to level unmarked from a corner 10 minutes later, only for Saints to hit back immediately through Lambert's fine strike.
Rickie Lambert's 35th-minute free-kick proved enough to seal a 2-1 win at St Mary's after an early opener from Jay Rodriguez had been cancelled out by a header from John Terry.
Chelsea's shock loss allowed Tottenham to leapfrog into third place with a 2-1 win at Swansea.