It was his 43rd-minute pass which 31-year-old Shola converted two minutes after Vurnon Anita had dragged the visitors back into the game on an eventful evening in Flanders, and Pardew was delighted with his contribution.
He said: "I thought they were both good tonight. We had Ameobi to Ameobi - which is almost like a song - for the second goal, which was nice.
"It was a great little turn from Sammy. He has just got this way of getting out of corners that I have not seen many players being able to get out of. He wriggles out of situations.
"He still needs to tighten up a little bit on the tactical and intelligence sides of the game. He takes people on where perhaps he should pass.
"But he will learn that. He showed his talent tonight - and he marks at set-plays, which he needs to do. He's 6'5".
"He's not very good at it, but he's learning."