Ambrose took his tally for the season to 10 with his second-half winner - not a bad return for a player snapped up on a free transfer after being released by Charlton in the summer.
``I was so pleased the ball fell to him,'' said Warnock. ``It's not my fault someone gave him away. I bid £1.5million for him once - that's how much I rate him. He needs a certain type of manager and we make a good pairing. But I think we had 11 stars out there.''
Boro should have rescued a point from the game as they fluffed a host of chances - Palace keeper Julian Speroni pulling off a superb save to deny Gary O'Neil as he raced through on one occasion and also blocking a late shot from substitute Jonathan Franks.
``That was just an average game for Julian,'' smiled Warnock. ``It was a bit hairy at the end and that's when character comes in.''