Sunderland boss Tony Mowbray insisted his side looked good enough to beat QPR even without the sending-off of Jack Colback.
The Black Cats came from behind to win 3-1 at Loftus Road, where Kenneth Paal put the hosts ahead before R’s midfielder Colback was red-carded against his former club for a challenge on Jobe Bellingham.
However, Paal’s opener came somewhat against the run of play and Mowbray felt the visitors were superior prior to Colback’s dismissal.
They equalised in the seventh minute of first-half stoppage time when Jack Clarke’s effort was diverted in by QPR defender Steve Cook.
And second-half goals from Dan Ballard and Abdoullah Ba secured the points.
Mowbray said: “I think we started really well in the game, dominated, and then they scored. It wasn’t as if they were peppering our goal and giving us problems.
“We got the job done and I think we controlled the game and deserved it.”
Sinclair Armstrong caused problems with his pace and power, but overall the home side struggled.
Mowbray added: “QPR spend a lot of time out of possession – their average possession is 33% – so we knew we were going to have lots of the ball.
“It was about how we broke down their defensive block and we found a way to do that, which was pleasing.
“They are a team that are driven to be competitive and we were trying to control the game.
“But I thought we were OK in the first half and it seemed a matter of time.
“They were trying to score on the transition with Armstrong, who’s a hugely talented boy, but I thought we dealt with him really well.
“I just felt it was a matter of time before we scored and it was great that we scored before half-time.”