Shaun Derry was delighted after QPR picked up their first home win since promotion at the expense of rivals Chelsea.
Heidar Helguson put the Hoops ahead in the west London derby before Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba saw red.
Chelsea put up a spirited performance in the second period but Neil Warnock's side held on to record a first win over their arch-rivals for 16 years and climb into the top half of the table.
Derry told Sky Sports HD1: "It was passionate, everything there should be about a derby.
"I think we've put a few smiles on people's faces today, it means everything to us.
"The dynamics of the game changed massively (with the dismissals). They went from 11 to nine and sometimes things like that knock you off track, and there were times in the second half when it looked like they had 11 men and we had nine.
"But we don't care. We're 1-0 winners over our rivals and that means everything to the club.
"It's a monkey off our back getting our first home win, but more importantly than that we beat Chelsea. It's fantastic."