Sunderland 0-1 Villa manager verdict: Lambert proud of "fantastic" team
Paul Lambert spoke of his pride at the performance of his lions at Sunderland, hailing them as "absolutely fantastic."
Boss Lambert said the victory at the intimidating Stadium of Light was "massive" as he looks to drive the team on.
He described the performance overall as the best display since his arrival at the club.
He said: "That was great. I thought the lads were absolutely fantastic.
"I think they deserve a lot of credit after the knocks they've taken. I am delighted for them.
"We were down to the bare bones and there were some massive performances in there.
"Ashley - in his first game at this level - was absolutely outstanding.
"You'd think Ashley had played at this level for about five years. He was excellent. For someone to come from Crewe and slot in like that and play like that, he was outstanding.
"I thought Christian was unplayable at times. Gabby is right on the top of his game at the minute.
"I am proud of them. They were absolutely brilliant. As a whole I thought that was our best performance. We played well against Swansea and West Brom in parts. I thought we were outstanding overall.
"To come to a place like this and win the game I thought it was deserved. We were full of energy.
"I thought we looked a threat. I think we're playing really, really well.
"We just have to keep going. That was a massive win for us.
"I think as a group we defended really, really strongly. We have young lads and they are full of energy and endeavour. We defended strongly as a team.
"This is a right tough place to come. There won't be many teams who come here and beat them. I thought we deserved to win the game."
Lambert now has his eyes on a tough festive period, starting with Manchester United on Saturday.
He added: "Now it is well within their capabilities to keep going. There will make mistakes because they are young but the progress we are making is good.
"We go into next week's game now and it's against one of the best teams in Europe.
"We are at home, we will give it a right go, the crowd will be right behind us. The crowd were great today. We were progressing, that's for sure."
Make sure you're here to roar on the lads against Manchester United.