Chris Ramsey admitted he got a kick out of being next to Ronald Koeman in the Loftus Road dugouts - but not the kick to the guts QPR got when they conceded a match-losing goal in the last minute.
Saints won 1-0 much to the delight of the Dutch legend, but the Rs caretaker boss reckoned the performance a for side winless in the last eight suggested the club can still escape the drop.
Ramsey said: "If I'm honest, I thought we rode our luck a bit in the first half, and it was difficult to concede a goal at the end and have one ruled out straight after.
"It gives a hope to owners and fans to see spirit in the team, but we need to tighten up on our passing and creativity in the final third.
"If we can put two wins together we'll be well above the line. We have 19 and there are a couple of sides on 20 points above us."
Adel Taarabt was brought in from the cold to play in it, and on a chilly afternoon the midfielder added a bit to the diminishing belief Rs have still got aces to lay.
Ramsey added: "We did seem glimpses of the brilliance he can show for the hour he was on, but he's not match conditioned yet.
"It's very difficult at the bottom - it always seems as if the luck goes against you."