|Austin 78 pen||Venue: Loftus Road
SCOTT Malone hit a last-gasp equaliser to keep Millwall on course for survival.
Charlie Austin's 78th-minute penalty looked set to end the Lions' six-game unbeaten run but Malone's sliced half-volley looped into the top corner at the death.
Ian Holloway's side are now two points above the bottom three heading into the final game of the season – against Bournemouth at The Den next weekend.
Having recovered from a bout of illness, Owen Garvan was recalled to the starting line up, in place of Scott McDonald, as Millwall made one change from Monday's draw with Doncaster.
The Lions came flying out of the blocks and carved out a glorious goalscoring opportunity after just 90 seconds.
Garvan scampered clear down the left and whipped in a teasing cross for Stefan Maierhofer, who sent a diving header wide with the goal gaping and Rob Green rooted to the spot.
Half chances then fell the way of Shaun Williams and Scott Malone in quick succession, the former slicing wide and the latter failing to generate any power on a back-post header.
Millwall continued to make the early running, and Lee Martin drilled wide from a Carlos Edwards' cross before the winger was forced off on a stretcher with a serious-looking injury.
In the 27th minute, Malone rifled a half-volley over the bar before making a vital block at the other end to keep out Charlie Austin's goal-bound effort.
That close call seemed to rouse QPR from their slumber and Niko Kranjcar and Austin were both denied by David Forde in quick succession shortly afterwards.
Steve Morison, who replaced the injured Martin, curled into the arms of Green, who then denied Maierhofer with his legs as Millwall continued to pose a threat.
During four minutes of stoppage time, Forde parried Ravel Morrison's header over the bar before Woolford curled wide of the far post after Richard Dunne's error.
QPR had been sluggish by their own high standards in the opening 45 minutes so it was little surprise that they stepped things up a gear after the break.
A quick exchange of passes between Austin and Barton presented an opening for the latter early in the second half, but the midfielder rifled wide on the half volley.
Simeon Jackson, who was brought on to replace Maierhofer, led a promising counter-attack in the 64th minute but elected to go alone rather than pass to supporting teammates and wasted the chance.
Jackson was then put through on goal by William's lofted pass, but the striker failed to bring the bouncing ball under control and QPR snuffed out the danger.
And Jackson's afternoon took another turn for the worst when he was penalised for handball inside the area by referee Kevin Friend, with Austin converting the spot-kick.
Williams then hit the bar with a precise free-kick which had Green rooted to the spot as the Lions headed for their first defeat in seven games.
But Malone's mis-hit deceived the former England goalkeeper and crept under the bar to equalise deep into four minutes of stoppage time.