Ian Holloway admitted he may yet count the cost of a good 2-1 win over Wigan - but insists he has men on the bench to plug the gaps.
Conor Washington scored and then felt a tight calf, and Grant Hall gave way shy of half an hour.
The QPR gaffer reckoned his side gave as good as they got in game of seven yellow cards he hopes heralds a new dawn.
Hoops put a 10-point gap between themselves and Latics who hold the last relegation spot, but not before a full-blooded effort.
"We're not poncey QPR - we're up for it," Holloway said.
"We got an ugly win, and won it with a great strike. My dad used to talk to me about the old 'W' formation and two up top - how about a five? How exciting is that?
The Rs gaffer not only had praise for Connor Washington and his winner, but for all three subs, Yeni N'Gbakato, Idrissa Sylla and Kazenga LuaLua, who contributed to the victory.
"The ones I don't pick earn that badge when they come on," Holloway added.
"When Conor's in a two - he's fantastic, and he's won us the game tonight.
"He finds it more difficult in that wider area, but if you know your job and you don't have to worry about defending then he can press a centre half all day long.
"Massimo (Luongo) has been left out, but he's happy because it looks as if we're a winning side.
"Conor has very tight calf, Hally wanted to play on, but he had to come off. But look at the subs we've got - Yeni looks and has done well and lost about five kilos."
And the match...
Conor Washington’s fourth goal in six games sealed back to back wins for QPR against relegation threatened Wigan.
Washington made the opener for strike partner Matt Smith, and then drove home the winner on the hour to allow Rs a rare home win.
The Northern Ireland international later limped off and coupled with an injury to Grant Hall that may be concerns for Ian Holloway ahead of the trip to Preston.
Rangers started like a team buoyed by hitting four at Birmingham 72 hours earlier and they were in front after just four minutes.
Washington shrugged off his marker on the left before squaring for Smith to drive in his second goal in as many games.
It might have been 2-0 four minutes later when Pawel Wszolek got down the opposite flank and when his cross was only cleared to the edge of the box Ryan Manning’s dipping shot was tipped over by Matt Gilks.
But Hoops were soon pegged back.
Omar Bogle was their main source of threat and just past the quarter hour he drove into the box and was chopped down by Joel Lynch.
Bogle picked himself up and beat the king of the penalty save Alex Smithies with ease to even the score.
QPR’s custodian might have lost that battle but he was the reason the hosts went in level, flying full length two minutes from the break to keep out Jake Buxton’s bullet header.
Smithies denied Bogle from a quick counter-attack soon after the break, but Rangers stole in front again on the hour.
The elusive Kazenga Lua Lua on for the injured Grant Hall, slipped the ball inside to Washington who arrowed a shot from the edge just inside the left-hand post.
Washington departed soon afterward and replacement Yeni Ngbakoto was close to a third with a fizzer from distance, but Rangers stayed strong to bag three points
The fan below was referring to that great night in 2003, although he got his Oldhams and Wigans confused. It was 2014 when Latics of the Wigan variety were dispatched.
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