QPR have looked like a club doomed to relegation all season despite the talented players at their disposal but you would not have said that by watching them on Saturday.
If anything it was Sunderland who looked like a doomed club, performing in a way which will have seriously worried their supporters.
QPR won the clash 3-1 and as a result climbed to just four points towards the safety of 17th, closer than they have been for weeks.
If they do end up staying up this result will prove pivotal, as a loss or draw would have undermined the good work from their excellent win at Southampton a week earlier.
After Loic Remy had cancelled out Steven Fletcher's early opener for the away side, superb second half strikes from Andros Townsend and Jermaine Jenas gave QPR the three points.
Towsend is a young winger signed on loan from Tottenham until the end of the season, while Jenas was also brought in during the January transfer window from Spurs.
Both players were judged by manager Andre Villas-Boas as 'not needed' at White Hart Lane for the rest of the campaign, with regard to Jenas on a permanent basis.
But as football so often shows us, one club's trash or unwanted goods, is another's treasure.
Jenas may not be the fancy footed Spaniard, Esteban Granero, but there was a reason Harry Redknapp brought him off the bench on Saturday rather than the former Madrid man.
Redknapp, former Spurs boss himself, knows Jenas well and also how to get the best out of him. He is a player who has had a terrible past two years, but he knows the Premier League and has a point to prove.
It is somewhat ironic that for all QPR's spending, two players they signed for next to nothing have played such a vital role in their recovery.
It is just one game, but at this stage every single point counts, and if Townsend and Jenas contribute nothing else for their entire spell at QPR, should they manage to stay up the win over Sunderland will have proved vital.
The most important man of all is Harry Redknapp - a manager who took Spurs to fourth last season, judged 'not good enough' for chairman Daniel Levy, but one who has got QPR competitive again after a disastrous start under Mark Hughes.
Spurs fans may not be missing any of them right now, but QPR fans will certainly be glad they have Jenas, Townsend and Redknapp at their disposal.
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