QPR got a deserved rub the green as they claimed a point at Newcastle.
For long periods, it was difficult to tell who was top and who was 18th.
And just when it looked as if they were going to be denied a share of the spoils, Ciaran Clark obliged with a back headed own goal to the delight of Rs fans behind the goal.
The scores on the doors out of 10.
Alex Smithies 9: If you only make three vital saves in the game and it saves three goals, you're worth more than your place in the team, you keep your team upwardly mobile - MOM.
Nedum Onuoha 7: Solid, put in a Nedum shift and was in the right place at the right time.
James Perch 6: Daft early yellow card against his old side, but settled to the task.
Joel Lynch 7: Got involved in a second-half kerfuffle when he landed on Sammy Ameobi's back, but like Onuoha toughed out the task well.
Darnell Furlong 5: Had a wake-up call in the north-east. The likes of Isaac Hayden and Matt Ritchie reminded the young defender what life is like at the top of the Championship.
Pawel Wszolek 7: The ball didn't run kindly for him tonight but his boundless energy made a difference.
Massimo Luongo 6: Got too easily brushed aside for Newcastle's opener, but was steadier for the rest of the game.
Ryan Manning 5: not the best night for the youngster. Passes and urgency were missing, and Ian Holloway put him out of his misery on 66 minutes.
Jake Bidwell 7: Weak header for the Shelvey goal, but one tough-as-nails tackle right at the death on DeAndre Yedlin underlined the right no nonsense approach.
Conor Washington 8: It's a Rangers renaissance for the striker! For the first time since he arrived, he looked why he cost £2 million. His 'goal' albeit with a helping toe from Ciaran Clark was a deserved reward.
Jamie Mackie 7: Nothing wrong with the endeavour. If we ever write he's slacked, assume the leaning tower of Pisa has toppled.
But most things he tried failed to come off except the swathe of bandage wrapped around the head wound of the warrior.
Matt Ingram n/a
Luke Freeman 6: Hard to fault; hard to praise after making his debut in the second half.
Jordan Cousins n/a
Sean Goss: A decent start but only on nine minutes.
Michael Petrasso n/a
Michael Doughty n/a
Kazenga LuaLua 7: Can't see why he wasn't on from the start. Looked dangerous, and it was his telling cross that led to the late equaliser.
Travelling fans 10: It's the best part of 520 miles there and back to Newcastle, and on a Wednesday night, but there were 610 in hoops who more than made their presence felt.