A pep talk from stand-in skipper Gavin Mahon helped QPR storm to another away victory on Tuesday night.
Rangers won 3-0 at Blackpool after Mahon, captaining the side while Martin Rowlands is out, urged his team-mates to prove they were genuine promotion contenders by winning at a rain-soaked Bloomfield Road.
Mikele Leigertwood, who battled alongside Mahon in midfield, explained: "Gavin made the point in the dressing room before the game that if we want to achieve things this season, then we've got to go to places like Blackpool and get maximum points.
"It fired us up and everyone was up for the battle. We're approaching every game in that fashion now - that's the way we're looking at it from now until the end of the season.
"We scored three but it's not an easy place to play and there were definitely parts of that game where we had to scrap. We knew if we could do that, we'd have enough quality to then go and create chances."
Back-to-back away wins is a major boost for a Rangers side that waited four months for a victory on the road before their recent triumph at Derby.
A midweek away game in miserable conditions against a Blackpool side that beat Birmingham on Saturday seemed a tough assignment, but one a team capable of sustaining a promotion challenge must look to win.
And QPR delivered.
Heidar Helguson got their first two goals and Hogan Ephraim rounded the night off with the third, sending the 200 Rangers fans who braved the rain home happy.
"It's been well publicised that we've struggled away from home, so two away wins on the bounce is encouraging," Leigertwood added.
"At the start of the season people were talking about us winning promotion. That's not so much the case now, but we know if we can put a run of wins together it's wide open."
Rangers now faceimportant home matches against fellow promotion chasers Swansea and Reading.
Breaking down those sides at Loftus Road is a different challenge to finding a winning formula away from home, which coach Paulo Sousa appears to have done - albeit against teams who played very poorly.
Playing with one up front, Rangers were set up to defend in both games and managed to take an early lead- leaving them able to sit back and look to counter attack.
At Derby the opener came after a lucky break, whereas at Blackpool it was a goal of real quality.
Helguson has now scored five goals in 10 games for Rangers and is more suited to playing alone up front than Dexter Blackstock, despite the latter's goal tally and work rate.
Blackstock, who recently signed a new three-and-a-halfyear contract, has scored 12 times this season and his chances of reaching the 20-goal mark are not being helped by Sousa leaving him on the bench in favour of Helguson away from home.
But Helguson is an excellent Championship player in his own right and his ability to hold the ball up and bring others into play makes him a useful lone striker and has been instrumental in Rangers' recent upturn.
He is already developing a good understanding with Wayne Routledge, and the pair combined well for Tuesday's opening goal.
Helguson laid the ball off to Routledge and then sprinted into the box to head home the winger's fine cross.
Blackpool then had spells of pressure and keeper Lee Camp made a couple of smart saves.
Camp was back in the side because Radek Cerny has a hamstring problem, while recent signing Liam Miller made his debut in midfield and had a steady game before being substituted in the second half.
Helguson's second goal - a coolly taken penalty after he had been tripped by former Rs defender Ian Evatt - effectively sealed the win for Rangers.
Helguson was replaced by Blackstock, who hit the bar with a deflected shot before Ephraim struck in injury time, collecting Lee Cook's pass and firing into the bottom corner.
Match Summary BLACKPOOL (0) 0 QPR (2) 3 Line-up: Camp; Connolly (Hall 88), Stewart, Gorkss, Delaney; Routledge, Leigertwood, Mahon, Miller (Ephraim 54), Cook; Helguson (Blackstock 75). Subs not used: Bulmer, Di Carmine. Att: 6,656 GOALS: H elguson (17, 58 pen) Ephraim (90).
MoM: Heidar Helguson
Loftus Road Saturday 3pm Championship
Manager: Steve Coppell Position last season: 18th Prem Lge Form Guide: With only one defeat in 11 league games after the top of the table victory over Wolves in midweek, the Royals look a good bet to make a quick return to the top-flight. They have won five and lost five on their travels - the wins coming at Wolves (3-0),Bristol City (4-1),Sheff United (2-0),Barnsley (1-0) and Birmingham City (3-1). Players to look out for: On-fire Irish international Kevin Doyle has bagged 17 goals so far.
Most recent meetings: Reading 0-0 QPR (25 Oct 2008); Reading 2-1 QPR (30 Apr 2006); QPR 1-2 Reading (5 Nov 2005) - Championship.
Head-to-head record: QPR Wins: 24 RFC Wins: 35 Draws: 16
Match Facts: In spite of their excellent goalless draw at the Madejski Stadium in October, the Rs have now failed to win any of the past eight clashes with the Royals - and have only scored three goals in those matches. Their last success was a 2-1 away win in September 1997 when John Spencer and an own goal gave the Rs the points. And you have to go back to January 1967 to find the last home win - another 2-1 win in an old Division three fixture.
Forecast: A tight match in prospect and it would be no surprise if honours ended even again as they did in Reading.
Loftus Road Tuesday 8pm Championship
Manager: Robert Martinez Position last season: 1st League One Form Guide: The Swans are knocking on the door of the playoff zone after going unbeaten in 13 matches ahead of this weekend's trip to Southampton. They have lost only five league games so far and are also on a high in the FA Cup after eliminating holders Portsmouth (2-0 away) to set up a juicy fifth-round tie at home to Fulham next month.
Players to look out for: Former Brentford midfielder Darren Pratley has been in great form.
Most recent meetings: Swansea C 0-0 QPR (21 Oct 2008) - Champ; QPR 3-0 Swansea C (24 Aug 2004) - League Cup; Swansea C 4-0 QPR (18 Nov 2001) - FA Cup. Head-to-head record: QPR Wins: 15 SC Wins: 9 Draws: 9
Match Facts: Rangers have never lost to the Swans at Loftus Road - a run of 15 games dating back to 1920 when the clubs first met in the league. This season's clashes are the first in the league since 1980/1 when Rangers won 2-1 away and drew 0-0 at home in the old Division Two.
Forecast: Another tough one to call. The Rs will expect to sneak a win but may have to accept two home draws this week.
Gazette forecast success rate: 17 correct out of 34 (50%)