QPR 3 Sunderland 1
Long-range strikes by Andros Townsend and Jermaine Jenas preserved QPR’s fighting chance of staying up.
Loic Remy’s equaliser – his third goal since moving to west London – cancelled out Steven Fletcher’s opener at Loftus Road.
On-loan Tottenham winger Townsend put Rangers ahead on 70 minutes, controlling the ball on his chest and sending a dipping volley past keeper Simon Mignolet.
And Jenas, on as a substitute, thumped home from the edge of the penalty area in injury time.
The victory is a huge boost to bottom-of-the-table Rangers’ survival hopes, although they remain four points adrift of 17th-placed Aston Villa, who won at Reading.
Without injured keeper Julio Cesar but aided by the return of Bobby Zamora, the R’s made a determined start and Hoilett twice fired wide in the opening 10 minutes.
But they were undone after Stephane Sessegnon wriggled away from Ji-sung Park on the right-hand side.
Sessegnon’s ball to the far post was collected by Adam Johnson, whose driven cross was turned in by Fletcher from close range.
A mixture of good fortune and Remy’s clinical finishing hauled Rangers level on the half-hour mark.
Townsend’s speculative shot ricocheted off Sunderland defender John O’Shea into the path of the French striker, who made no mistake.
Remy then had a chance to put his side ahead but blazed over following Zamora’s knock-down.
But Rangers continued to press in the second half and were rewarded with Townsend’s all-important goal, with Jenas’ bullet sealing a potentially crucial triumph.
QPR (4-4-2): Green; Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Fabio; Townsend, Mbia, Park, Hoilett (Wright-Phillips 78); Remy (Jenas 80), Zamora (Mackie 72).
Subs not used: Murphy, Granero, Onouha, Bothroyd.