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.
Going into the game, there were reports that, were QPR to lose, then Hasselbaink would be out of a job with Tim Sherwood replacing him.
The under-fire boss made four changes from their shambolic 2-0 defeat to Brentford last Friday; Steven Caulker, Massimo Luongo and Ariel Borysiuk all missing out through injury with Idrissa Sylla dropping to the bench. Grant Hall, Sebastian Polter, Henry and Pawel Wszolek came into the side.
The recalled midfielder was not his usual self and was seemingly trying to pick a fight with any Forest player.
He was first booked for kicking the ball away, after being warned in the opening stages, and then the foolishly brought Lansbury down and received his marching orders.
The red card spurred Forest, who had had an Assombalonga goal ruled out for offside in the early stages, on and they took the lead just four minutes later.
The striker raced onto a ball over the top, rounded Smithies before scoring from a tight angle as Grant Hall looked to clear off the line.
Hasselbaink, normally one to prowl the technical area for 90 minutes, sat down and his body language hinted at a man fighting for his job.
Whatever the Dutchman said at half time didn't have much of an impact and Rangers were just as insipid after the break.
Forest's alarming form, though, saw them drop deep and look to counter and this started to spur the visitors on.
From one counter, Hasselbaink raced from his seat to implore Wszolek to put a tackle in and when he failed to break up the attack, immediately replaced him with Olamide Shodipo – the Dutchman would not even look at the Pole as he returned to the bench.
The hosts started to get nervous and sat deeper and deeper with Chery forcing Stojkovic into making a strong save.
Pereira receiving two yellow cards in five minutes and evening up the numbers and this put Rangers into the game.
Just when it looked as if all was lost, Sylla was on hand to head home fellow substitute El Khayati's ball into the box and seemingly rescue a point for Hoops.