Assistant manager Kevin Bond felt Queens Park Rangers fired a warning to their Sky Bet Championship play-off rivals with a 5-2 win over Nottingham Forest.
Rangers' realistic hopes of automatic promotion hopes have long since evaporated, but they consolidated their place in the top six thanks to late goals from Nedum Onuoha, Ravel Morrison and Bobby Zamora.
"We're delighted to have got the win we needed, that hopefully goes a long way to securing our play-off spot," Bond said.
"It will be good to go into the play-offs with a bit of momentum. We haven't scored that many all season, so it was a good day.
"It's not an exact science, but you'd like to feel like a side in good form and with everyone sharp and fit."
Rangers twice threw away the lead, given to them by Yossi Benayoun - after just 65 seconds - and Junior Hoilett, when they gifted Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Derbyshire equalisers.
But, just as their inability to defend corners looked set to cost them, Onuoha celebrated the birth of his daughter earlier in the week by firing the hosts back in front.
Rangers then added a heavy gloss to the scoreline in stoppage time when Morrison slotted past Karl Darlow before teeing up sub Zamora for the fifth.
"I didn't see it ending like that with 10 minutes to go," Bond added.
"We took the lead twice and twice they pegged us back, but Bobby did great when he came on and Ravel, for the goals, was terrific.
"And it was nice for Nedum to score on the back of a new addition to the family."
While Rangers are destined for the play-offs, Forest look set to miss out after a 12th game without a win, in front of incoming manager Stuart Pearce.
Caretaker boss Gary Brazil, who is keeping Pearce's seat warm until the summer, admitted: "I didn't see the last few minutes going like that.
"At 2-2 and with 15 minutes to go, I thought we looked the side more likely to get the third goal.
"To lose those goals right at the end is bitter for everyone.
"We had the opportunity to go on and win the game and we didn't take it. In the end, the score makes it look like we got a doing, but it wasn't like that.
"That makes the play-offs very hard now. It's not impossible and we have to believe we can win our last four games, but that was not the result we wanted. It makes it a long shot now."