Heidar Helguson believed it was important QPR started a run of arduous fixtures on the front foot with a victory over Chelsea.
The Icelander's penalty settled a foul-tempered London derby last weekend, which included red cards for Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba.
QPR next travel to Tottenham on Sunday before Premier League leaders Manchester City visit Loftus Road at the beginning of November.
And Helguson thinks the win over Andre Villas-Boas' Chelsea can act as a perfect platform ahead of the tricky schedule.
"More important than me scoring was us getting the win because we really needed a home win, it's been a while," Helguson told London24.
"It is good that it came against them because we are going into a tough run of games now, so to win the first one was great.
"I thought we were more comfortable when it was 11 against 11. It didn't seem to make it any easier for us when they went down to nine men and I don't know why that was, it's just one of those things.
"I thought they played really well in the second half, they made us chase the ball a bit.
"Sometimes when you are a man up - or two - it can actually work to give the other side a bit of a lift. That's what happened with Chelsea."