QPR manager Harry Redknapp claimed his side's goalless draw against Manchester City comes as a bonus point as the reigning Barclays Premier League champions failed to move to within two points of leaders Manchester United.
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Rangers remain bottom of the table despite taking points from Chelsea, Tottenham and now Man City in recent weeks and Redknapp's hard-work ethos appears to be keeping the west London club in the survival picture.
Pablo Zabaleta hit the bar for City as they toiled at a wet and windy Loftus Road whilst QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar made a handful of excellent saves to keep the scores level.
Adel Taarabt and Loic Remy had mere glimpses of the City goal throughout the game but Redknapp was pleased to secure a much-needed point.
"Of course it is a bonus point, it is a great point," he said.
"They rip teams to pieces home and away, you would take a point off them at any time. It is a fantastic result.
"I wouldn't say it is the end (of the title race) - it is a good result for Fergie (Sir Alex Ferguson) tonight for sure, but it is still open."
Where Redknapp was praising a point gained, City boss Roberto Mancini was left ruing his side's missed opportunity to put real pressure on neighbours Manchester United.
Ferguson's side face Southampton at Old Trafford tomorrow evening knowing a victory would re-establish the seven-point lead they built up over the festive period but even if the Red Devils are successful Mancini is not ready to throw in the towel.
"We lost two points, this is sure," he said. "But the season is long and I think I can say nothing because we played well, we had the chances but didn't score - that is all it is.
"We are disappointed with this result because we had a lot of chances to win, we dominated this game but when you play like this and don't score quickly it can be difficult."
"QPR defended very well and got players behind the ball and Julio Cesar was incredible tonight."
Mancini, who also confirmed striker Mario Balotelli is likely to complete a move to AC Milan in the coming days, reckons QPR have enough about them to survive.
"I think that if they continue to play like they did tonight and defend like they did tonight, they will have a chance," he said.
"If Julio plays every game like he did tonight then they have a chance."
Balotelli's move may leave City a little short of attacking options whereas Redknapp's QPR squad is at the point where the 65-year-old was forced to name two goalkeepers amongst his substitutes.
Ryan Nelsen played well in his last game for the club before he heads to Major League Soccer to take up his role as head coach of Toronto FC.
Fellow defender Anton Ferdinand has completed a loan move to Turkish outfit Bursaspor meaning strengthening at the back is becoming a priority for Redknapp before the window closes on Thursday night.
Rangers have been linked with a move for former Blackburn defender Christopher Samba who is currently playing for Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia.
Redknapp admitted he is an admirer of the Congo international but that all of the transfer dealings are now in the hands of the club's chairman Tony Fernandes.
"We are struggling a bit, we lose Ryan Nelsen now and I haven't got a replacement," he said.
"We are desperately short. The chairman is dealing with it (Samba deal) I don't know where we are at with it.
"He (Fernandes) asked me about a week ago if I would be interested if he could get me Samba and I said of course, he is a fantastic competitor."
Rangers have also been linked with a move for Peter Crouch but Redknapp said a move for the former QPR player remains up in the air.
"Tony (Pulis, Stoke manager) is a friend of mine but I don't know if they want to sell him or not," he said.
"We will have to wait and see, if they decide to sell him we would be interested because I like Peter, I have managed him several times."