Chris Hughton warned his Newcastle players to keep their feet firmly on the ground after QPR threatened to end their unbeaten home record.
It took a 70th-minute equaliser from substitute Marlon Harewood - his first goal for the club since clinching a loan move from Aston Villa - to deny the visitors victory at St James' Park after they took the lead courtesy of Ben Watson's early strike.
Jim Magilton's men played with a pace and accuracy of passing which at times left the Magpies grasping at thin air.
But in the end, Harewood's strike secured a face-saving draw and left Newcastle three points clear at the top of the Coca-Cola Championship table, although with Hughton insisting they can take nothing for granted.
He said: "It's a big reminder for anybody of the quality in this league, the amount of games you need to play, and you are up against Championship-hardened teams who are used to playing the amount of games we are going to play.
"It's a big reminder, and it's something we keep stressing to the players. If I look at the games we have played so far this season, we have had to fight hard for everything we`ve got."