Marcus Forss scored his first Hull City goal as the Tigers held play-off chasing Queens Park Rangers to a creditable draw.
The Finn crashed home via the bar on 26 minutes but Ilias Chair’s 75th-minute equaliser ensured the points were shared, although the result was marred by a serious-looking injury to Matt Ingram.
Shota Arveladze made three changes from the battling goalless draw against another top-six challenger in Sheffield United.
Di’Shon Bernard and Callum Elder filled the full-back berths, with Alfie Jones slotting into central midfield.
Brandon Fleming and Regan Slater were named among the substitutes as Lewie Coyle missed out through the hamstring injury picked up at Bramall Lane.
Ingram, back at his old stomping ground, was in fine form against the Blades and was called upon to make the game’s first save on 13 minutes.
Chair was afforded too much space as he motored down the left and hit a low strike which Ingram could only push out, with Jacob Greaves alert to clear the danger.
The Tigers had only lost one of their previous 10 games when scoring first and grabbed the all-important opening goal on 26 minutes.
Elder’s outswinging corner was helped on by Jones for Forss to smash a venomous half-volley against the underside of the bar and over the line – the strike awarded by goalline technology.
A goal to the good, the Tigers were intent on further unsettling their high-flying hosts, Ryan Longman taking down Jones’ raking pass and cutting inside but his left-footed effort was blocked.
The R’s, subdued for 40 minutes, posed more of a threat as half-time approached.
Charlie Austin sent a header wide from Albert Adomah’s cross and Jeff Hendrick caught a 25-yarder sweetly but his effort was straight at Ingram.
Chris Willock then delivered a devilish curling cross towards the far post which just eluded a lunging Adomah as the visitors entered the interval ahead.
There was an 11-minute stoppage early in the second half following a collision between Ingram and Adomah when trying to meet Chair’s wickedly deflected cross.
The City custodian received treatment in his goalmouth before leaving on a stretcher, with young keeper Harvey Cartwright coming on for his league debut.
Another academy graduate, Keane Lewis-Potter, was next in the spotlight as his long-range shot almost deceived Rangers stopper Seny Dieng, who shovelled the ball away.
Mark Warburton’s men were looking to get their play-off bid back on track after consecutive defeats and found an equaliser with 75 on the clock.
Ex-Tiger Moses Odubajo, introduced six minutes earlier, delivered an inviting left-wing cross which was missed by McLoughlin and Chair was left free to guide the ball home from six yards.
QPR almost conceded straight away as Lewis-Potter beat the offside trap to sprint onto George Honeyman’s stabbed through ball and flashed a left-footed effort wide of the far upright.
With both sides going for the win, Odubajo’s centre was headed out by Greaves as far as Willock, who controlled with his first touch and fired narrowly over with his second.
An additional 15 minutes were indicated on the fourth official’s board and in the third of those, Willock hit a 20-yard strike straight at Cartwright.
Rangers thought they had taken the lead on 96 minutes as Willock’s deflected cross ran for Adomah to force the ball home on the stretch – but the offside flag was up.
Tyler Smith was played through by fellow substitute Greg Docherty but was unable to get a shot away as City played out a second successive away draw.
Queens Park Rangers (3-4-2-1): Seny Dieng; Dion Sanderson, Jimmy Dunne, Yoann Barbet; Albert Adomah, Jeff Hendrick, Sam Field, Chris Willock; Luke Amos (Moses Odubajo 69’), Ilias Chair; Charlie Austin (Andre Gray 94’).
Subs not used: David Marshall, Stefan Johansen, Dominic Ball, George Thomas, Andre Dozzell.
Hull City (4-2-3-1): Matt Ingram (Harvey Cartwright 66’); Di’Shon Bernard, Sean McLoughlin, Jacob Greaves, Callum Elder; Richie Smallwood ©, Alfie Jones; Ryan Longman (Greg Docherty 82’), George Honeyman (Regan Slater 97’), Keane Lewis-Potter; Marcus Forss (Tyler Smith 81’).
Subs not used: George Moncur, Brandon Fleming, Liam Walsh.
Attendance: 14,945 (1,233 Hull City supporters).