Idrissa Sylla potentially spared QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink from the sack after his last equaliser at Nottingham Forest as Rangers rescued a point after Karl Henry's first half red card.
The Rs midfielder received his marching orders in the 34th minute after picking up two yellow cards; the first for kicking the ball away and the second for a foul on Henri Lansbury.
Just four minutes later Britt Assombalonga gave Forest the lead when he raced onto a ball over the top, rounded Alex Smithies and his shot couldn't be kept out by the despairing sliding effort from Grant Hall.
Rangers sleepwalked through most of the second half, with the hosts sitting back, but only sloppy defending from the Tricky Trees gifted QPR and Tjaronn Chery a chance.
Hildeberto Pereira was received two yellow cards in the space of five minutes, with the full back going down injured in the interim, to hand Rangers a lifeline.
And Sylla became the hero when he was able to turn home Nasser El Khayati's cross into the net and increase the pressure on Philippe Montanier.
Below are five talking points to emerge from The City Ground.
Baffling tactics all round
In the first half it was difficult to see what QPR's game plan was as they were completely outplayed by Nottingham Forest.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink had seemingly set up to try not to lose but things looked bleak at half time after Britt Assombalonga's opener.
With QPR a goal and man down, the hosts had the chance to go for the jugular. Instead they sought to sit back and protect their lead.
That failed when Idrissa Sylla headed home Nasser El Khayati's cross to rescue a point for Hoops.
A point apiece won't appease either set of fans and it won't be a surprise if there were two different managers in the dugout for the fixture at Loftus Road.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink failed to shake hands with any player he substituted on Saturday afternoon as they came off.
When Conor Washington and Jack Robinson were withdrawn, the Dutchman was shouting instructions.
However, when Pawel Wszolek was taken off Hasselbaink was sitting in his seat and ignored the Pole as he walked off.
This may have been because he ignored a clear instruction to tackle, or at the very least illegally stop a Forest counter.
What was Henry thinking?
Karl Henry was restored to the side but seemingly spent more time trying to get an early bath.
He had earned the wrath of Keith Stroud inside the first few minutes holding on to the ball and picked up a deserved booking soon after for the same offence.
The midfielder then tripped Henri Lansbury as he was breaking through the defence and received his marching orders.
It was stupid from the QPR man and could easily have cost his side a point.
Sylla the hero
Idrissa Sylla was poor for QPR against Brentford last Friday but showed his prowess after coming on at The City Ground.
He gave the tired and increasingly retreating Forest defence a hard time late on and equalised with a bullet header four minutes from time.
With the international break coming up, it sends Rangers into the break with confidence and they must seek to improve ahead of the visit of Norwich City in two weeks time.
Robinson improving all the time
Jack Robinson looked rusty in his comeback against Brentford but started to show his qualities more at Nottingham Forest.
The full back, who has been out for the best part of two years with a series of serious injuries, produced a commanding performance at full back and was instrumental in driving QPR forward.
He now has a chance to settle down during the international break in order to go again against Norwich in two weeks time.
The rest will benefit him and he will make it difficult for Jake Bidwell to regain his place when he returns to full fitness.