Cabaye took the opportunity to reunite with his former Newcastle United manager Pardew when he joined Palace from Paris Saint-Germain for a club-record transfer fee during the summer.
"He delivers in training, he delivers on match day, he delivers when you're up against it," Pardew said of the 29-year-old.
"He can pull you out of the mire. That's what great players do – and that's what gets you into the French national side.
"If [French manager] Didier Deschamps wants to know how Yohan is performing, he'd need only see a recording of [Palace's 1-0 win over Southampton].
"He was terrific. He's settled in easily, the other players respect him and understand him, and he's a special talent.
"I'm fortunate to have him here but we as a club have earned that right to bring in good players like Yohan Cabaye.
"We need to go and find ourselves another one, maybe two, and then we'd be a really good team."