Dexter Blackstock can't wait to lock horns with his old club on Sunday - but don't expect him to celebrate wildly if he scores.
Two seasons ago, he netted on his first return to St Mary's in a 2-1 win but kept his emotions in check.
He is unlikely to get carried away even now, although he left Southampton two years ago.
The striker admits he still has a soft spot for the Saints and keeps in touch with many of their players.
"I'm really excited and looking forward to the game, but if I score again this week, I won't go too silly," Blackstock told the Gazette.
"I wouldn't want to rub it in their faces - even if it was a last-minute winner.
"I still speak to the players there. I spent a few years with them as most of them came through the youth team. It's good to see that they're getting their opportunity.
"I've got no bad feelings towards the club. The fans were great towards me and there was great staff too. I learned my trade there and I've nothing but praise for them.
"I really enjoyed it when I went back to St Mary's for the first time two years ago and it was a special day.
"But I didn't celebrate my goal out of respect for the fans and they responded well to that.
"Southampton are playing the youngsters. Some of the lads who were down there when I was at the club are getting their chance.
"They have not started that well but are a very good side and they shouldn't be underestimated. I think it will be one of the toughest games of our season so far.
"But we are at home, so we'll be looking to take all three points."
It has been a great start to the season for the 22-year-old, who is aiming to burnish the memory of a disappointing campaign last time out. He managed only six league goals (one a penalty) and four of those came in the final seven matches.
His goal at Bristol City which earned a 1-1 draw before the international break took him to half that total already and he has looked sharp as the lone spearhead in Iain Dowie's currently preferred formation.
Blackstock takes great pride in being a survivor of all the comings and goings at QPR.
He and Damion Stewart were the only two players to start at Bristol who were also in the starting XI in the corresponding fixture a year ago.
"There have been massive changes in the past year, behind the scenes as well as on the pitch with the hierarchy coming in and the expectation levels rising," he said.
"To still be a part of it is a credit to myself because most of the players have been sold and others brought in. To still be in the team now is a good honour.
"I haven't really set a personal goals target. I just want to play for a side that gets promoted. If that happens, the goals will come because we'll be winning games.
"But it's not really about me. If I don't score another goal this season and we get promoted, I'll take that instead of me scoring 20 and we don't achieve anything."
Blackstock added: "I don't really mind if we play with one or two up front as long as I'm playing. If it's me playing on my own up front, then so be it.
"The main thing is we've definitely got a better squad of players now, no one can doubt that, and that can hold us in good stead and take us forward."
Rangers will be keen to get back to business after the twoweek international break - and eager to build on their first away point of the season a fortnight ago, which was the first sign that they are more than just a thrilling side to watch on home soil, but a genuine promotion side.
"It was a very good point for us in Bristol. Make no mistake, they are a very good side and a lot of teams will go there and leave with nothing. To be down to 10 men for so long and not concede makes it definitely a point gained.
"For my goal, the ball broke luckily after the keeper saved it and I reacted first to prod it in. I just hope there will be plenty more of those to come in the months ahead."