Crouch headed the Potters ahead on 47 minutes against his former club but Lambert equalised from close range ten minutes later to earn a point for the home side.
Saints almost took the lead in the first minute when Adam Lallana’s low shot was parried by Asmir Begovic onto the post. Lambert latched onto the loose ball and shot into the goal but he was flagged offside.
Lambert then shot just over from 20 yards out on the right before his header soon afterwards also went over.
The injured Marc Wilson was replaced by Andy Wilkinson on 20 minutes and Jon Walters then almost broke the deadlock but Morgan Schneiderlin tracked back to shepherd the Stoke forward off the ball.
Matthew Etherington volleyed just over from the edge of the box after a Dean Whitehead free-kick before Walters’ shot was easily saved by Kelvin Davis as the first period ended all square.
But soon after the re-start, Crouch put Stoke ahead after good work from Geoff Cameron, who ran to the right side of the box before crossing into the centre and Crouch got ahead of Jose Fonte to head home.
Begovic then saved well from Steven Davis and Lambert before the Saints striker got the equaliser on 57 minutes.
The goal came after Stoke could only partially clear Lallana’s free-kick and Davis’ shot was parried by Begovic for Lambert to tap in.
At the other end, Etherington swung a corner into the box and Robert Huth headed at goal but Davis saved on the line.
Former England striker Michael Owen came on with 16 minutes remaining to make his final appearance but there was no fairytale ending as the game ended all square.