Paul Smyth and Chris Willock were on target as new QPR boss Marti Cifuentes secured back-to-back victories with a 2-0 win over Preston at Deepdale.
Rangers had struggled in the difficult conditions in the opening 45 minutes, but goals from Smyth and Willock were enough to secure a second straight victory for the first time this season.
The recently appointed Cifuentes feels his side are starting to find their feet.
"The identity of the team is really coming on. It's great to be winning, and though it is small steps at this stage of the season, I can see real progress since I came to the job," said Cifuentes.
"I'm not looking at the league table at the moment. It's far too early for that.
"Maybe in April we'll look and see where we are, but for now, it's just about trying to pick up as many points as possible."
Preston boss Ryan Lowe had plenty to ponder after they missed their chance to move back into the top six, no thanks to a third straight loss.
"It's a tough one to take," said Lowe. "Both teams were a little bit flat I thought, especially in that first half, but we needed to raise our game maybe 10 or 15 per cent, and we just didn't do that over the course of the rest of the game.
"They raised their game in the second half, and this is what happens.
"Overall we're all very disappointed, but I'm scratching my head a bit right now."
Australian Associated Press