Both Coventry chief Aidy Boothroyd and QPR boss Neil Warnock lavished praise on Adel Taarabt following Sunday's meeting between the two sides.
Championship leaders QPR had to come from behind to beat Coventry 2-1 at Loftus Road, and Taarabt was the architect behind the win.
Marlon King had put Coventry ahead after 25-minutes, but Taarabt levelled matters on the stroke of half-time.
Then the Moroccan international turned provider for Wayne Routledge, as he scored the winner on his return to the club, after signing on-loan from Newcastle.
And Boothroyd admitted, Taarabt was the key to the win saying: "The difference was Taarabt.
"He's an exceptional player, I was tempted to run on and kick him myself at one stage. He was absolutely terrific.
"How do you stop him? I'm not really bothered now, we've played them twice.
"He didn't do much at our place and I don't think he did too much today, but then suddenly he hits a 40-yard pass with the outside of his foot and you have to admire it.
"With that talent you have to ask why is he here?"
Warnock was equally delighted with star man, adding: "Either goal was fit to win any game.
"And you won't see a better ball for the second anywhere in the world.
"There's baggage with him and he'll make some mistakes. He was bombed out by the previous two managers here and rightly so.
"But it couldn't be better for me at this time of my career and I think I'm the right manager for him.
"My son brought his mate today just to see Taarabt. He thinks he should be playing for Real Madrid. And he could, but first of all he's got to help me."