Substitute Patrick Agyemang rescued QPR's unbeaten npower Championship record with a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw against former club Bristol City at Ashton Gate.
Agyemang turned the ball in from close range with six minutes remaining after Jon Stead's superb 16th-minute strike looked like it would gave bottom-of-the-table City victory.
Agyemang's goal saw Rangers set a new club record of 13 league games unbeaten from the start of the season, and extend their lead at the top of the table to three points over Cardiff, who travel to Leeds on Monday night. Meanwhile, City remain rooted to the foot of the division.
It was somewhat against the run of play when Stead struck. Danny Rose led a breakaway before slipping the ball to Stead, who beat Paddy Kenny for only the fourth time this season with a 22-yard shot that crashed in off the underside of the crossbar.
The goal lifted the Robins and Rose forced Kenny to save with his feet from a tight angle after 20 minutes.
QPR thought they had equalised straight from the restart when Jamie Mackie headed home the rebound after David James saved from Helguson. However, Helguson was unable to get out of the way of Mackie's effort and the ball went in via the Icelander's thigh while he was stood in an offside position.
Kenny denied Marvin Elliott and Stead in quick succession midway through the second half to keep QPR in the game.
Some concerted Rangers pressure almost culminated in an equaliser but Matthew Connolly's header was cleared off the line by Jamie McAllister after 72 minutes.
Danny Haynes had another chance to put the game beyond the league leaders 10 minutes later but dragged his shot wide once more.
It proved a costly miss as Matthew Connolly flicked on Tommy Smith's low corner and Agyemang, a 78th-minute replacement for Adel Taarabt, turned the ball in from a yard out.
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