Andy Robinson was shown the door following a 21-15 loss to Tonga in Scotland's last international run-out and has since been replaced by Scott Johnson on an interim basis. The Australian will lead Scotland throughout their RBS 6 Nations campaign and Lamont wants to try and reverse what happened to Robinson.
"We are driven by pure desperation," said Lamont. "We need that win, we've had a tough few months, our last game cost somebody his job, the players did that. We had our game plans, didn't stick to them. Robbo said at the time it was a coach-killer and that is not nice. I was a big fan of him, I liked him, Johnno has been good and I like him too. This is in the players' hands."
It is no surprise that Scotland will be looking to play the underdog card against the Red Rose. Few have given them a fighting chance and they are fifth favourites for the tournament, with only Italy behind them in the betting.
Lamont, however, is hoping that a cocktail of underestimation and cross-border rivalry can get his men fired up.
"It's always nice to get one over on England but we need to be winning whatever game it is," he said.
"To win the Six Nations you need to win every game, we have England first and we know what we need to do.
"The camp has been great and the mood is good even though we had a poor autumn. It's a tough place to go, England have a lot of confidence and we want to knock them down a peg or two.
"It's nice to beat them, something about Scotland thrives on being the underdog. We've been written off many times and bounced back."