Nasser El-Khayati hit a debut goal for QPR to beat Charlton - but it was hard luck on the visitors.
The man signed from Burton in January picked his spot in time added on to curl right-footed into the corner - and this after Rangers were under the cosh in the last quarter of the game
Rs fans sang 'that's why you're going down' when Charlton's Ademola Lookman blew a golden chance to win it in the last five minutes.
They might have also sang 'that's why we're not going up' as their side struggled to gain a point over a side destined for the drop.
In fact, Alex Smithies brought off a brilliant save when Igor Vetokele was clean through to protect what they had at the time.
It definitely Loftus Road and not Quality Street in the first half.
The Championship strugglers gave as good as they got, and there was a telling moment when Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was bursting a vein urging his troops forward.
Right from the off a Matt Phillips free-kick saw Polter just a toe nail from converting.
Callum Harriot then tested Smithies ability to dive right, which was more one for the cameras than a demanding stop. But seconds later from the resulting corner, Rs lost focus and a free header at the back post was only stopped by another Charlton back.
Polter was again a foot away at the Addicks back post, and Tjaronn Chery's free-kick took a double defection into Nick Pope's grateful gloves.
In added time at the end of the half, Phillips attempted a curling cross and was amazed as anyone to see the ball drift across everyone and into the corner of the net.
Charlton protested Junior Hoilett was offside as he flicked a head at the ball - but the goal stood.
The first five minutes of the second had as much drama as the first period combined.
Harriott cut inside and curled a shot on to the angle of bar and post, and straight up the other end Chery tried much the same shot bringing a decent full-length save from Pope.
Phillips should have put the game out of sight when he was clean through on the right but shot tamely at the keeper's legs. It proved costly.
The dangerous Harriot weaved his way towards Rs goal; supplied Jordan Cousins who made space to guide the ball past the despairing Smithies' right hand into the corner.
After that they piled on the pressure, and a cooler more collected team would have won at a canter.
Instead, El-Khayati showed them how it should be done as well as giving the Addicks a clear sight of the trapdoor.