QPR ended their Premier League record run of 11 consecutive away defeats with a 2-0 win at Sunderland that lifted the managerless Hoops out of the bottom three.
On a night when QPR chairman Tony Fernandes hinted that the search for a replacement for Harry Redknapp was reaching its conclusion, with former Swansea chief Michael Laudrup strongly linked with the manager’s job, caretaker boss Chris Ramsey oversaw a vital result at the Stadium of Light.
They took the lead for the first time in an away game this season when Dutch midfielder Leroy Fer met Matt Phillips’ cross with a powerful header in the 17th minute.
Bobby Zamora increased QPR’s lead on the stroke of half-time with a superb strike from another Phillips cross.
Hull climbed out of the relegation zone at Aston Villa’s expense with a crucial 2-0 win at the KC Stadium.
Steve Bruce’s side had the worst record at home in the league this season with just nine points from 11 games.
But they made a perfect start when Dame N’Doye picked out Nikica Jelavic in the 22nd minute and the Croatian striker fired in a shot that took a big deflection off Ciaran Clark and looped in.
With irate Villa fans holding up a banner calling for boss Paul Lambert to be sacked, their team fell further behind in the 74th minute when N’Doye scored his first Hull goal after his initial effort was saved.