England and Southampton striker follows-up international debut with Saints' winner
Rickie Lambert admits he was "on cloud nine" ahead of Saturday's clash with West Brom - and very much still there at the final whistle, having capped the best week of his life with another winning goal.
The Southampton striker had already enjoyed a remarkable few days prior to the Premier League opening-day, starting with the birth of his first daughter and the news of his first England call-up.
Lambert then came off the bench at Wembley on Wednesday to head the Three Lions' winner in their 3-2 victory over Scotland with his first touch in international football.
And three days later there was yet further delight for the 31-year-old as he converted a 90th-minute penalty for the Saints to secure a 1-0 triumph over Albion.
Lambert said: "What can I say? It's been the best week of my life and of my career.
"I've been on cloud nine all week and I carried that into Saturday to help my team to get a goal."
It was Lambert’s form for Southampton last season that brought him to England boss Roy Hodgson’s attention.
In his first season in the top flight, the former Stockport County, Macclesfield, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers scored 15 goals to comfortably help the Saints to safety.
And regarding his England experience, Lambert added: "I knew that it would mean a lot to the Southampton fans and the club, everyone involved, to see one of their own involved with England.
"I knew they would have been overjoyed for me. I'm so happy for them as well. They have always backed me."