The Saints flew out of the traps against Hull city dominating the early part of the match building pressure which led to the first goal on the quarter hour mark, after a great piece of play between Lambert and Schneiderlin.
Lambert nodded the ball towards his teammate and Schneiderlin couldn’t miss as he headed home to put the Saints 1-0 up.
To Hull’s credit they rallied quickly and forced a corner just a couple of minutes later, which saw Paul McShane head just wide following a great cross into the box from Tom Huddlestone.
Both sides traded passages of play but it was the home team playing the better football and they doubled their advantage in the 30th minute. Lallana drew a foul from Hull goalkeeper Steve Harper before Lambert stepped up to maintain his prolific penalty record in Saints colours.
Lambert was again involved in the play as the break loomed when he played in Lallana who slammed home from a tight angle putting the match beyond Hull’s reach.
Hull reacted well after half-time and came out with a real purpose and intent as they looked to get back into the match and they did just that when Yannick Sanogo drilled home from outside the area ten minutes after the re-start.
Steven Davies sealed the victory for Southampton late on when he finished well following a cross from right-back Nathaniel Clyne.
However, Southampton retained their focus to see the match out and move into the top four.